09 August 2019
It seems like after months of speculations and rumors about Huawei's own operating system, we are finally getting closer to its official unveiling. A Chinese publication Global Times has revealed that Hongmeng OS will be unveiled on August 9th in China. It is the same day when Huawei Developer Conference will be held and Android Q based EMUI 10 will be announced.
The report further mentions that the first batch of Hongmeng OS running devices will be in the form of Honor-branded smart televisions. A previous leak revealed that the first Honor smart TV would boast a 55-inch display panel with features like HDR, Super Resolution, noise reduction, dynamic contrast improvement, and automatic color management. It will be powered by Honghu 818 processor and will also have a pop-up camera.
The most interesting bit of information mentioned in the latest report is that Huawei is continuing to test smartphones running Hongmeng OS and checking Android apps compatibility. The sources behind leak said that there are millions of units in stock with a possible release timeline set for Q4 2019. The official unveiling is expected to happen alongside the Huawei Mate 30 series with pricing around CNY 2,000 (about $288). The device is said to be targetted at entry-level and mid-range buyers.
The aforementioned claims are exactly the opposite of what Huawei claimed last month. It officially denied that Hongmeng OS is an Android alternative. It said that the platform was meant for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This makes it difficult to believe whether Huawei's own OS is meant or not meant for smartphones. It seems like we will have to wait for a few more months to get a clear answer.