The first Huawei-made smartphone to use the vendor’s domestically developed operating system will release in Q4, the company has said.
The operating system, which Huawei trademarked as Hongmeng in June, is intended as an alternative to Google’s Android. The vendor is testing its compatibility with Android-based apps, and intends to make it available on 9th August at its developer conference held in the Chinese city of Dongguan, reports Global Times.
Huawei has not yet confirmed whether the OS is an offshoot of Android or a completely new system developed from the ground up. The former is considered more likely by industry analysts, and this would chime with comments from Huawei executives inferring that Hongmeng was predominantly aimed for IoT and industrial use cases.
However, as Huawei faces a ban on buying components and software made in the US, it may be prevented from using Android – in which case, it could use Hongmeng to power its smartphones. After Huawei was placed on the blacklist in May, the vendor’s founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said that the company had been preparing for such a situation and so would survive.
Indeed, data from IDC showed that Huawei’s Q2 results were not especially impacted by the import ban, with smartphone shipments reaching 58.7 million units – a year-on-year increase of 8.3%. The company’s share of the global handset market also increased to 17.6%.