After facing a ban from the US government on using Google’s Android operating system, Huawei seems to be developing, testing and launching its in-house operating system at full pace. According to a report from China Daily, Huawei has already shipped 1 Million smartphones loaded with the new HongMeng OS onboard for testing.
The Chinese institutional brokerage firm Rosenblatt Securities said in a smartphone supply chain report that the new HongMeng OS is compatible with all of the Android applications and has “increased security functions to protect personal data”.
The CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, Yu Chengdong said that the new operating system from the company would be made available to the public by as early as this fall or next spring. He also reported that the new OS will be compatible with smartphones, tablets, computers, cars, televisions, and smart wearable devices.
South China Morning Post reported that Huawei had started developing its in-house operating system back in 2012 only. It said that Huawei had concerns over the Android’s dominance and started working on the proprietary OS that would replace Android in case it faces any ban in the future. Following this, a specialized team was created for the OS project which became part of the Huawei 2012 Laboratories that functions for the innovation, research and technology development of the company.
According to the people close to the project, the Huawei OS is based on a microkernel, which is light and can react quickly to adjustments and batches. Huawei’s team of engineers also studied Android and iOS to learn from them.
The major issue for Huawei lies in picking market share from Android and iOS which accounts for almost 99.9 per cent of the global market according to Gartner estimates last year.
Huawei has trademarked “Huawei Ark OS” and “Huawei Hongmeng” in several countries and it is reported that HongMeng OS will be the name for OS used in China and Ark OS will the name of the OS for the global market.