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

1. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; 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: 1816; 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: 1420; 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.

35. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1420; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

The USA tried that approach before, it didn't go particularly well. Isolationism is a stupid notion. The fact is we live in a world with limited resources and there isn't a single country out there that can fully make it on its own, there will be sacrifices. For example China has a lot of rare minerals, key to production of a lot of modern day electronics. That's why other countries need China. Other countries have massive oil fields, natural gas pockets and so on. So unless you wanna give up on a lot of things you're accustomed to or pay a small fortune to own such items, I'd seriously rethink that idea. And why of all people listen to Trump, the man is up to his eyeballs in debt, cheats and lies his way throughout the day and keeps his businesses alive by taking out more and more loans with people you really don't want to owe money to. His own administration has to actively work against his moronic and impulsive attitude to keep things from getting out of hand. But hey, if you want economic freedom as a country, start by paying off your debts. Oh wait, you can't... You wanna pay less taxes, expect everything to get more expensive and pray to god you never lose your job because you won't recover. Less government control, don't worry if you don't pay taxes that'll no doubt happen very quickly, along with drastic increases in violent crimes, so don't expect to enjoy it for very long.

43. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2356; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

FYI, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have both said they support a tough stance on China including tariffs. They only disagree with how it’s being implemented over tweets and the like.

21. AxelFoley unregistered

I would really like to believe the part about banding together and not giving up. But, considering they can't even use Google or Facebook or ....you name it...I'm thinking they haven't really banded together since tanks were rolling down their streets in 1989. But, you keep telling yourself that.

27. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

They're used to group think. The US population is used to independence.

36. bearballz

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 17, 2017

Google can't do anything about it. They're just following the law.

38. Methlab

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 19, 2019

Competition is always good, they should all develop their own OS and consumers will decide which one they like best.

41. jacky899

Posts: 430; Member since: May 16, 2017

"The Chinese people don't give up and they band together far better then the western world does." Zylam, this statement cannot be farther from the truth. If you replace Chinese with Korean then you would have hit the nail head on. Many Chinese are celebrating the downfall of Huawei and China especially the Chinese in Hong Kong, US, Taiwan, Europe etc. that want to see China return to poverty. Even mainland Chinese don't like to support their own brands and government. If you label turd as an American brand product, Chinese will buy it in droves. This is why Apple profited more from China than all the Chinese phone companies combined. Chinese would sell their own organs to buy an Apple. The Chinese is by far the most pathetic group in terms of nationalist sentiments. What Trump is doing now to them though may wake up quite a few to come to their senses. But in the meantime, almost all the Chinese I ever spoke to like to bash China and Chinese brands and praise American and Japanese.

9. Fred3

Posts: 521; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Buy the time that happens android will be fuchsia, so yeah there won't be a android. Trumps admin got their boot on Google's neck right, otherwise Google wouldn't have cared... But if China wants to play this game then Apple will take a big hit as well.

50. Dealler

Posts: 22; Member since: May 03, 2019

Fuchsia is not Android replacement.

10. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Do you guys purposely ignore the fact that THIS ISN'T GOOGLE'S FAULT? These are Trump's orders. What do you expect Google to do? Completely ignore them and face serious consequences? Choosing to cut ties with Huawei has huge consequences for Google's business model and Android. That's why the company is working with Huawei and the US Government to try and resolve the issue. Also, as a reminder, Google isn't the only company to cut ties, another thing you seem to be overlooking. Qualcomm has stopped doing business with them alongside many other companies. Microsoft and Intel have cut ties too, essentially ruining Huawei's laptop business.

33. slim3bdo

Posts: 173; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

And do you guys in phonearena dont see the hypocrisy !!! Google is doing excatly what the us government is accusing ( without proof , thus germany gave usa the finger when it asked them to ban Huawei ) Huawei of doing which is bending to its government and doing whats is told to do . And u forget that the only country ( USA ) that have been caught spying time after time ( Germany prime minister incident , Snowden files , and dont forget the hacking of Huawei by the NSA ) . When will you do real journalism and state facts instead of keeping this bs propaganda . Btw i hate huawei and their iOS cloned skins . But bs is bs

34. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I never said this wasn't hypocritical, did I? But the fact is it's not Google's fault.

45. slim3bdo

Posts: 173; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

Did i say you said its not hypocritical . The hypocrisy is done by you and other phonearena staff where you keep this focused attack on Huawei without benig anyway critical of the matter . You keep mention usa accusations without saying they are proofless , you dont mention that the usa is the only country guilty by evidence of spying . This is hypocrisy .

11. User123456789

Posts: 914; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Bbk and Xiaomi wont be targets. Huawei outside China is just 20% of total sales.

17. AbhiD

Posts: 801; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

I despite being a fan of OnePlus, Xiaomi etc will dump them if they even try to go with a Chinese OS. I don't want all my financial details, personal life details in hands of Chinese brands backed by Communist government of enemy nation.

24. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"I despite being a fan of OnePlus, Xiaomi etc will dump them if they even try to go with a Chinese OS." Fam, you realize that those manufacturers ALREADY run a Chinese OS, right? The information you give them is headed to China regardless of what the software looks like my guy. Hell, OnePlus has been caught once before for "accidentally" sending info back to China lol. You hate Chinese software but buy phones from a Chinese company?

40. AbhiD

Posts: 801; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

OnePlus and Xiaomi now host all data on local servers in my country, not China. Moreover using a phone with Chinese based OS and Android skinned OS is altogether different.

42. jacky899

Posts: 430; Member since: May 16, 2017

But Samsung and LG tvs had a fake off mode where the TVs continued to send live camera and audio recording back to Korea. Does that mean it is used by the government for spying? Most hardware or software, including Windows, Chrome, Facebook, etc., constantly send data back to their servers without your awareness. Most of these are used for statistics and ad purposes.

39. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

Samsung single handedly brought Android to the TOP of the OS chain and it will totally sustain android on its own even if the chinese loses or quits Android. Samsung has that capacity and resources to.

49. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 573; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

"Google and trump administration will regret their move when they start to see Android market share starting to shrink" Not really Samsung will probably get majority of the Huawei sales while the others will mostly be Xiaomi, One Plus so google will be fine. Some people may leave and go to Iphone's so the Trump administration will be very happy. So Huawei will definetly be hurt the most there is no doubt about that.

2. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

And so it has began. I wish them well.

3. Demo-jay

Posts: 69; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

Nokia might see the light with Huawei down

6. foreverNOOB

Posts: 160; 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: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

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

12. User123456789

Posts: 914; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

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: 591; 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.

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