Huawei may launch its own operating system in August or September this year, according to English-language Chinese newspaper Global Times (via IndiaShopps). The news arrived in a tweet earlier today following speculation regarding Huawei’s Android alternative in the wake of recent U.S. sanctions.
Global Times said this operating system would be called “HongMeng OS” in China, but would go under the name “Oak OS” in other markets, according to its sources. Huawei is also said to be “intensively testing” the system.
#Huawei is intensively testing its own operating system, to be named “HongMeng OS” for China market or “Oak OS” for overseas market, which is likely to be launched in August or September, sources say. https://t.co/hqA7JJdjjS
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) June 7, 2019
We have known for a while Huawei is developing its own mobile operating system. This is said to have been created as a failsafe should Huawei ever lose access to Android; it would potentially be installed on upcoming phones in place of Google’s operating system.
The U.S. government recently restricted the U.S. of Huawei equipment in the nation and added the company to its Entity List. This will severely impact Huawei’s U.S. trade deals and its status with Google, which revoked Huawei’s Android license shortly after the move.
Huawei was later granted a temporary license to continue its business as usual, including full access to Android. However, this is set to run out by the end of August.
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