Huawei says it is readying possible Hongmeng software roll-out

Huawei says it is readying possible Hongmeng software roll-out

In the wake of Huawei's U.S. export ban, its easy to forget that the company was due to launch one of the first folding phones to hit the market. In addition to an executive order barring the purchase of Huawei's telecom equipment, the U.S. Department of Commerce has placed Huawei on its Entity List, which bars U.S. firms from supplying the Chinese company with hardware and software.

Huawei has come under mounting scrutiny for over a year, led by USA allegations that "back doors" in its routers, switches and other gear could allow China to spy on US communications.

Apart from helping China show off its might, launching a self-developed OS will enable Huawei to guard against potential severe erosion in its smartphone share in overseas markets.

There is speculation that Huawei may launch the HongMeng operating system later this year with the launch of a new Mate series smartphone, the business flagship for the fall shopping season.

Huawei is resistant to this USA assault however, with founder Ren Zhengfei stating that the company was prepared to take on the United States and would not be too adversely affected by the trade ban.

President Donald Trump's administration last month put Huawei on a blacklist that barred it from doing business with US tech companies such as Alphabet Inc, whose Android OS is used in Huawei's phones.

"If we are forced to do it by ourselves, we are ready", the Huawei spokesperson added. Sailfish OS is also known to be compatible with Android apps as well.

'Our preference will, of course, be Google and Android as we have been partners for many years, ' said Mr Pang.

Information surrounding the operating system has begun to surface following the escalation of USA actions against Huawei, and many reports state that the operating system was initially code-named HongMeng OS.

Huawei, for sure, will face a challenge to build an ecosystem once it launches its OS, as getting all global app developers on board to tweak their products for the new Chinese platform won't be too easy.

There's an elephant in Huawei's folding room in the form of Google's Huawei ban, meaning after August, future Huawei smartphones won't be able to use the Android operating systems if a deal between Huawei and Google (but actually the United States and China) can't be struck. We now have our answer - Huawei's foldable smartphone. Reportedly, Oppo and Vivo have sent out their teams to test the new Huawei OS and found the operating system to indeed be 60 percent faster than Android.

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