Huawei’s HongMeng OS to Bag Over 5% of Market Share Within 3 Years, But Not Launching Anytime Soon


Huawei has been battling tough times for quite some time now. The US government has placed the brand on the US Department of Commerce’s list of restricted companies. The move has left Huawei in the lurch and severely impacted its dealings with the leading IT companies. Among them, Google has decided to stop Android service on Huawei owing to US sanctions. All is not lost for Huawei, as Market research firm Strategy Analytics predicts the market share for Huawei’s own operating system (OS) to cross 5% within three years.

The Huawei own OS, “Hongmeng” market share is expected to increase to 2.2% in 2020, 4.3% in 2021, 6.0% in 2022, 7.5% in 2023, and 8.7%. The research firm further expects the number of smartphone sporting Huawei OS to reach 10.9 million units accounting for 0.3% of the total OS market.  On the other hand, there would be a visible decline in the Android market share from 84.5% in 2019 to 82.9% in 2020, 81.1% in 2021, and 79.6% in 2022. It places Huawei’s “Hongmeng” in the third position right after Google Android and Apple iOS.

Not long ago, Yu Chengdong, the chief executive officer of Huawei consumer business group, said that the “Hongmeng” system would be launched in the fall or the next spring. There is high speculation among the media groups that the new OS would be launched with Huawei’s flagship Mate 30 series in the second half or P40 series in the first half of next year. However, Huawei denied all the rumors and confirmed that Android and Windows would be its go-to option, and Hongmeng is developed mainly for IoT devices. The company’s OS would be the last retort and would serve as the emergency option, once Huawei is unable to use Android. Even though Hongmeng seems to be 60% faster than Android, it still lacks in having a good application ecosystem.