Netease Technologies News, August 10, according to foreign media Bloomberg, Huawei has just launched its own mobile operating system, Hongmeng, to replace Google's Android system in the future. This will reduce its dependence on U.S. technology and ensure that its fast-growing smartphone business survives under the pressure of the U.S. government.
Initially, the open source software will not run on smartphones, but it will be integrated into devices such as cars, watches and personal computers by 2020, followed by headphones and virtual reality glasses. In addition, Huawei is considering running the system on the upcoming flagship product Mate 30.
Yu Chengdong, head of consumer business at Huawei, said:
Huawei was previously listed by the US Department of Commerce
In response to the technical sanctions imposed by the United States on Huawei's production equipment, Huawei has developed the Hongmeng system, which is an important part of its efforts to develop broader alternative products. Bloomberg reported earlier that the White House delayed the decision of American companies to resume licensing to Huawei, highlighting the unpredictability of supply.
In any case, Trump's administrative restrictions have almost stifled Huawei's goal of overtaking Samsung as the world's largest smartphone maker. Neil, head of research at counterpoint Research
However, Huawei seems confident of achieving this goal. Yu Chengdong said:
But for Hongmeng to work, Huawei needs developers to develop applications for its ecosystem, a major issue surrounding its unplump software. Shah added:
Yu Chengdong admitted that Huawei spent at least $70 million last year to attract developers to help develop its operating system, and the company is likely to invest more this year. He said:
The effectiveness of Hongmeng has yet to be proved by Huawei. Yu Chengdong talked about the technical details of the back end, but did not describe consumer-oriented features, suggesting that it may not be ready to enter prime time. To help migrate applications, Hongmeng will be built with Linux and Huawei LiteOS kernels, which will change future generations of operating systems.
Two months after the Trump Administration banned Huawei from entering the U.S. supplier list, Huawei began to feel pressure. The company warned of worse performance in the second half of 2019 and has been preparing internally for a 60 million decline in overseas smartphone shipments.
However, Huawei has focused on the domestic market to offset the adverse effects of the international market. The company has assigned up to 10,000 engineers to work three shifts a day to develop alternatives to American software and components. Huawei has designed its own Kirin processor, but still relies on American companies such as Qualcomm and Broadcom to add wireless chips.
Huawei's focus is on domestic sales: Huawei accounted for 37 per cent of the Chinese smartphone market in the second quarter, roughly the same as the sum of China's second and third largest smartphone makers, according to IDC, a market research firm. Huawei had previously said strong domestic sales pushed its shipments up 24 percent to 118 million units in the first half of the year. (small)