Huawei apparently has no intention to develop an Android replacement after all

Huawei apparently has no intention to develop an Android replacement after all
Just when you thought Huawei's situation in relation to the US government, American suppliers and major business partners, as well as the smartphone industry as a whole couldn't possibly get any more confusing, the company itself is now adding to the uncertainty.

According to Catherine Chen, a Huawei Board Member and Senior Vice President, the in-house Hongmeng operating system was never meant for smartphones, being instead designed for "industrial use" with a central focus on security and "extreme low latency." That's all well and good, but it's not what several other company representatives and executives claimed in the past, both on and off the record.

While many reports suggested the OS was being developed for use across multiple product categories, Huawei officials repeatedly labeled the internal project, which has been in the works for years, as a potential Android replacement. An unwanted and unfinished one, but a "replacement" nonetheless, expected to kick in at some point in late 2019 or early 2020 if Google was forced to permanently pull its support.

Judging from President Trump's comments a few weeks ago, it probably won't come to that, but Google and most other US companies engaged in various business partnerships with the Chinese tech giant have been left wondering exactly what they are allowed and not allowed to do. In this context, Huawei's timing doesn't seem ideal for admitting Android replacement speculation was essentially a bluff, but perhaps the world's second-largest smartphone vendor knows more than we do about the lifting of its US embargo.

Either way, it really doesn't sound like the company has any viable backup plan left in case it can no longer use Android and other licensed Google services, so for the sake of competition at the top of the global smartphone sales charts, let's hope that's not going to happen after all. 

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23 Comments

1. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 609; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Huawei lied simple as that they not as innocent as the fanboys make out. All you fanboys were ready to jump on HongMeng like it was the 2nd coming :D #FAIL They went back on what they said clearly because they were getting attacked by America and they didn't want to lose all those Chinese/Huawei fanboys and fair play to Huawei it kinda worked. "It appears the Hongmeng OS contains much fewer lines of code - hundreds of thousands, instead of dozens of millions like the mobile operating systems. Huawei’s in-house OS also has extremely low latency compared with a smartphone operating system, Chen added." No wonder it was quicker than Android and IOS its no-where as complex.

4. Mikele

Posts: 184; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Huawei never lied only played a favorably business strategies. The truth is no businessman wants rivalry for his products. Hence Google and Huawei must have played underground talks apparently convinced the US Govt to abandon the ban to help their businesses.

7. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 609; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

That's a good spin on it "Google and Huawei MUST HAVE played underground talks" Whereas you basing it on must have's I base it on the facts we have in front of us. You could say America did a good business strategy too then they used Hauwei as a bargaining chip and due to that America got a VERY good trade deal on algicultural side of the trade war.

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Just to be clear, there is no agricultural trade deal between the two countries. China said that they would increase the amount of agricultural products they would import to the tune of $70B (which they haven't done though). This is most definitely not a "trade deal".

11. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 609; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

So basically China lied about increasing the amount of agricultural products and Huawei lied about using Hong Meng on their phones makes sense all they do is lie. Wonder what else Huawei and China lying about.

21. lyndon420

Posts: 6860; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Let's not forget one thing...the media...the 'so called' news outlets. Because they never lie right? We still haven't be provided any proof yet that their (Huawei) equipment was spying on us in the first place. We all know China wants to spy on its own citizens (just like the NSA does with the USA...and basically everyone else), but it doesn't mean China is spying on us.

25. mootu

Posts: 1537; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"So basically China lied about increasing the amount of agricultural products and Huawei lied about using Hong Meng on their phones makes sense all they do is lie." And Trump said on worldwide tv that US companies could resume shipments to Huawei which is also a complete lie as no licences have been granted and shipments have not resumed. He also said face to face talks would happen in the week following the G20 meeting, this hasn't happened. All the US does is lie.

13. QuantumRazer

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Why was I not surprised when I saw you posting this comment.. Maybe because I saw a very similar hate comment on GSMArena as well, under the same username.

15. Mikele

Posts: 184; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Definitely not me possibly another person's account. I would never hate comment any issue

16. QuantumRazer

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

I was referring to ShadowSnypa786's comment.

17. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 609; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Its a public forum so I can comment on any site I want but thanks for keeping an eye on me buddy ;) Didn't know I was that popular

2. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

They figured out that people are aware about their mission in which Trump, China, Google and hawei are together trying to do something with the world but it didn't work out this way so they'll try something else now but they'll be exposed even sooner

3. AbhiD

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Another Chinese Bluff bites the dust. No wonder it comes from one of the typical offenders - Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo. All these days Chinese propaganda was running really high with a new OS ready to kill Android in the first strike. It was the fastest EVER, paid trolls were deployed across the web to praise such a move and Huawei, badmouthing of US and Google was peaking and what all this ended up into? NOTHING! It was all a GAS BALLOON just like the Chinese economy sitting on debt that is 303% of GDP and accounts to 15% of the Global. No wonder China when threatened by Trump, crawled.

5. Asuveroz

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 19, 2018

No surprise here. Chinese lies once again.

9. Fred3

Posts: 574; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I've been saying it was a bluff awhile ago. Why would have a OS that you worked on for years that's faster and better than android and iOS but won't use it makes no sense. Huawei users can spins this how ever you want to... I wonder if they even have a fold phone or haves that camera technology coming out or just bluffing again.

12. QuantumRazer

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

I did some research after reading this article, and apparently Huawei's CEO already stated OVER 2 WEEKS AGO that so-called HongMeng OS would not be the mobile phones OS, which means this is actually an old news. The senior vice president only confirms what he was saying as the actual fact. Remember it was reported by media that CEO claimed that HongMeng OS would be 60% faster than Android? Well, that also turned out to be inaccurate because he didn't actually say that in the first place, but it was all about media's misinterpretation. Forbes explains it pretty clearly.https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2019/07/09/no-huaweis-hongmeng-os-is-not-60-faster-than-android-and-ios-after-all/ From now on I should be probably more careful when Huawei related articles because now I know that so many things are very uncertain at this point and there's nothing concrete about US/Huawei officials say, their words can be interpreted in different ways even if they are not lying. People shouldn't rush ahead and say who-is-doing-what because nothing is concrete around this whole thing.

18. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 609; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

"The challenge is that "compared with Apple's iOS and Google's Android, our weakness is we don't have that ecosystem,"" "We didn't develop the OS to replace Google—and if Google does withdraw its OS from Huawei, we will need to start building an ecosystem because we don't have a clear plan yet."" So basically everyone getting excited for Hong Meng dethroning Android and IOS looks rather stupid now Huawei are lost without Android and will take them years to get a good Operating System off the ground.

19. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I mean, it's kind of a given. Companies like Microsoft and Blackberry tried and failed. Huawei could conceivably develop something that would be popular enough to thrive in China, but not in international markets.

20. Fred3

Posts: 574; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Right. Out of everyone Microsoft would be the ones to have that potential (look at how far the got with pc's n etc.). If they can't do it then I highly doubt Huawei can.

22. S4NDY

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

24. Max1363

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Originally they were all set to push their system to phones and eventually replace Android because there wasn't any reason no to. Then they had zero business with google but now its business as usual (more or less) so they must be mad to make any aggressive action toward their business partners. That's all.

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