The veto of the Commerce Department to Huawei, which caused Google to cease its
collaboration with Huawei, precipitated the fact that the company announced at the hands of senior managers who had been working on their own system for years, as we will see later. Given the delicate situation of not being able to use Android, it will be launched as an alternative (or in parallel), even ensuring that it will be up to 60% faster running applications) of the Google operating system.
The system, called HongMeng OS or ARK OS internally, will have multi-device purpose, valid for wearables, smartphones, tablets, PCs, etc. However, according to the official Chinese government news agency, Xinhua, Catherine Chen, senior vice president of Huawei and member of its Management Committee, told reporters in Brussels yesterday that Huawei's plan is to continue using Android.
After being specifically asked if HongMeng was an alternative to Android, Chen said it wasn't designed to be. I do not deny the existence of HongMeng, but I point out that it is intended for "industrial use" and has been in development since long before the veto problem occurred.
HongMeng OS is not a system for smartphones, but Huawei has claimed to have a "plan B" regarding Android
According to Chen, HongMeng contains much less lines of code than an operating system for smartphones. The board said that makes it very safe and allows it to work with less latency than if it were written for mobile.
Since these statements come from a first level directive, we wonder how this news fits with the rest of the details that managers have been mentioning about an operating system to be used in case Huawei could not continue using Android.
Rei Zhengfei, founder of Huawei, has already said that Hongmeng will be faster than Android, but he did not expressly say that it will replace him on smartphones. In that sense, The system can be used for televisions or wearables, which have less processing power.
In the absence of an official statement from Huawei, what seems clear by statements of managers is that, although it is not called HongMeng, there is an alternative to Android
On the other hand, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, mentioned in a WeChat group with Internet experts that an operating system, without saying a name, will be available from this fall or the spring of 2020, can be installed on computers, tablets, televisions, cars and laptops. This made it considered a system similar to the (little) we know of Fuchsia, from Google. In fact, even before the veto, in March, Yu already said that "if it ever happened that we can no longer use these systems (Android and Windows), we will be prepared."
These statements, together with those of Chen, together with those of Alaa Elshimy, Director and Vice President of Business Business of Huawei in the Middle East, which claimed to have a plan B to Android (although the dates that contribute regarding its availability were due to a confusion) or those of Andrew Williamson, They make us think, although not confirm, that Huawei may be developing several operating systems in parallel.
However, in the absence of an official statement stating what is and what is not Hongmeng, or what is and what is not Harmony OS, another system whose name has been recently registered, What seems safe is that Huawei has an alternative to Android, whether cross-platform or not.
We have contacted Huawei to know the official position of the first-hand company, and we will update the article if we receive an answer.