Huawei Android replacement to arrive this fall with big app catalog

Huawei Android replacement to arrive this fall with big app catalog
Huawei's preparing to say goodbye to Android

Unless the situation changes drastically, continuing to use Android as the operating system on its smartphones is no longer a viable option for Huawei. Fortunately, since 2012, the company has been reportedly developing its own alternative. And now Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, has reportedly revealed some details about it.

Aiming to avoid one of the biggest issues faced by BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone, and Tizen, Huawei’s new operating system will reportedly support all Android apps natively. Additionally, if developers recompile the files, running performance can reportedly be boosted by over 60%. Presumably, apps will be available to download from the company’s Play Store alternative – App Gallery – but the company could still face the issue of not having access to American apps such as YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

According to Chinese media, the new operating system is currently called ‘HongMeng OS’ rather than ‘KirinOS,’ as previously speculated. Moreover, it’s reported that Huawei is already trialing it in certain parts of China. In terms of a timeline, Richard Yu stated that it could be ready as soon as this autumn, thus suggesting the flagship Huawei Mate 30 Pro could ship with the operating system rather than Android 10 Q as previously expected. If this timeline fails to materialize, a launch by next Spring was promised, just in time for the Huawei P40 Pro’s debut. 

In addition to smartphones and tablets, the new operating system will reportedly make its way to Huawei’s laptops as a Windows 10 replacement and has the potential to be used with wearables, TVs, and even cars.

UPDATE: In an interview with The Information, the CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu, admitted that Huawei will soon be "forced" to launch its "own OS and ecosystem" if the company remains on the US Government's blacklist. He went on to state that last week's developments came as a "big surprise" and that "he can't believe that the U.S. government has limited Android. It’s a consumer product that has no relationship to network security issues."

Alongside this, The Information also published some of its own findings related to Huawei's Android alternative. Specifically, it's reported that Huawei's homegrown operating system, known internally as 'Project Z,' is far from ready, thus contradicting earlier reports. Also, according to people familiar with the matter, the goal has only ever been to power Huawei's Chinese devices once the switch over to 5G has been completed because the company never expected to lose access to Android internationally.

When it comes to a global launch, it's reported that the company now faces the even bigger challenge of creating an entire ecosystem of apps that'll interest consumers without having access to American offerings. After all, in China many apps, including most of Google's, are already blocked. 

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52 Comments

52. BROWN_KNIGHT

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Great move President Trump. Google has been a bitch with all the censoring going on to conservatives and we do not need the chinese gaining more of a upper hand as other idiotic administrations has allowed. #maga

51. Dealler

Posts: 22; Member since: May 03, 2019

Yeah, good luck with that. No one will buy it.

48. boriqua2000

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Trump owns huge amounts of Apple stock. Go figure

44. kennybenny

Posts: 233; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Anyone remember Samsung Bada OS?

30. iczer

Posts: 161; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

Yeah a Huawei OS without Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Drive, Messenger, WhatsApp, Netflix, Pandora, Amazon, Uber, LinkedIn, Paypal, Ebay, Twitter, Google Chrome, Microsoft Apps, and the million of apps developed by american companies ? Good luck with that.

29. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 194; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

I have a feeling Huawei will have the same fate as Windows Phone going with this alternate approach to Android.

25. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

Hey listen to me. Both Parties will negotiate soon . Its just blank threats ... Breaking off will hurt both parties hard .. Its just a part of the cold war ... And G20 summit is coming next month. US and China will meet discuss important issues according to news . I am sure these trade wars will be part of it .

22. ahmadkun

Posts: 711; Member since: May 02, 2016

A new OS will be welcomed .. tired of Android and IOS

23. ahmadkun

Posts: 711; Member since: May 02, 2016

Now .. we also know why Samsung were developing Tizen OS slowly.. personally I think google will shift + delete Android after the version Z to reveal it in the new shape “ fuchsia “

20. drunkenjay

Posts: 1705; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

now chinas social credit app will come baked into the new huawei os. very good news.

18. ECPirate37

Posts: 359; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I buy a new Huawei phone every year and love them. I was saying last week that I hope Huawei launches their own OS. I'll jump in day One. I've always like EMUI even though a lot of people don't. What the US is doing now, is waking a sleeping dragon. My Chinese Business partners have said multiple times that they do not get overly upset when the US does this, because it makes them realize how reliant they are on the US. This will lead them to innovate and not need us. I look forward to the next few months to see what happens. When in China, I use the Chinese apps and they work amazing! For example, their MAPS works WAY better than Google maps. They'll have street view and the map view at the same time. It's dope!

15. LiveFaith

Posts: 526; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

I am honestly dumbfounded that no Asian company has taken up the charge to create its own OS by now. The stakes are huge. The Chinese could certainly unify to do so if they decided to. This situation could be a wake up call for them to see their own vulnerability nationally. It looked like Samsung might bring Tizen a few years back, but didn't. I expect all this to end in a nice political deal for both countries. Tech is just one of the bargaining chips being used.

14. Fred3

Posts: 622; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Remember when EU hit Google with that $5 bill lawsuit?... all of those developers that was part of that lawsuit will be on Huawei's

31. Fred3

Posts: 622; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Meant to say Huawei's app store with their apps that's similar to Google's

5. mohsin845

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Great Decision...Samsung Also Should Make Own Android Based OS.

7. joshuaswingle

Posts: 774; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Why? They're not going to lose access to Android. The US has a great relationship with South Korea.

16. AbhiD

Posts: 891; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Samsung tried. Remember Tizen? What happened? It sucked so hard that Israeli security firm called it laughable as if written by a kid. Making an OS is not a kid's job. Even Huawei is going to fail hard. Ever seen their EMUI skin? They can't even get a skin right. Expect them to make a good OS? Not to mention, no one would like to hand over their entire life details, financial details to a Communist Chinese Govt backed Company. Let Huawei try. The last laugh will be of the rest of the world.

32. Mikele

Posts: 199; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Sammy laziness caused Tizen project to die prematurely!!

46. iushnt

Posts: 3189; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It’s not dead, If you see any other smart devices made by Samsung except for smart phones and tablets, they run Tizen.

37. bearballz

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 17, 2017

They do, it's called Tizen.

3. Demo-jay

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

Nokia might see the light with Huawei down

6. foreverNOOB

Posts: 188; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

Short answer, No. Why? HMD didn't have any products that relevant or cleary better than the competition in any given segment. Also, their flagship phones were considered as failed attempt for 3 generations straight when looking from market standpoint.(Nokia 8, Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 9 Pureview)

8. joshuaswingle

Posts: 774; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Motorola has more chance of achieving mainstream popularity than Nokia (HMD) IMO.

12. User123456789 unregistered

Nokia does not even make phones anymore. HMD is not Nokia, just rents their name. Otherwise none would buy a phone with HMD Global logo on it.

13. joshuaswingle

Posts: 774; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Oh, stop being pedantic. Nobody implied that Nokia makes phones or that HMD is Nokia. By now, most people in this comment section know that Nokia itself doesn't make smartphones anymore, and when they refer to Nokia, they're obviously referring to HMD's line of smartphones.

2. Zylam

Posts: 1827; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

And so it has began. I wish them well.

1. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Google and trump administration will regret their move when they start to see Android market share starting to shrink. this will lead to the end of android monopoly, and lets not forget that huawei, vivo, xiaomi and oneplus account for 64% android market share. if the Chinese decides to to join huawei new OS then android is done.

4. Zylam

Posts: 1827; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Google deserves to be hit hard for such horrid treatment. The Chinese people don't give up and they band together far better then the western world does.

19. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1488; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

And again Google didn't do anything other than what it was forced to do by the Trump administration. Google doesn't want to lose Huawei as an Android supporter and distributer. I suppose Google could always move to the EU and they won't have to deal with that moronic president's idiotic policies. That man is singlehandedly plunging the world into chaos because he's incapable of grasping anything other than his own ego. Place your anger where it's deserved.

26. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Some of us Americans are forced to back Trump because the only other option is following a globalist movement. I want national economic Independence. Not this slow trudge towards global communism. I want economic freedom, less taxes and less govt control on industry. But apparently wanting freedom makes me a fascist these clown days.

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