This post was most recently updated on May 28th, 2019
Recently, it was reported that Huawei will release the self-developed operating system “Hongmeng OS” on June 24. However, this has been finally confirmed as false news by Huawei. That notwithstanding, we should expect some drastic move by Huawei in order to secure her future. If Google makes good its promise to revoke the Huawei Android license, a self-developed OS is Huawei’s only choice. So, what kind of operating system is Huawei Hongmeng OS? The good news is that we should all expect Hongmeng OS Android Apps with full compatibility from Huawei
Hongmeng OS is not going to be an Android Branch but an Independent OS that Covers the Entire Platform
Recently, Huawei registered the “Hongmeng” trademark in the State Intellectual Property Office of China. The name “Hongmeng” means “the beginning of the world”, or very suitable as the name of Huawei’s first self-developed OS.
It is reported that Huawei Hongmeng OS is not a simple Android branch, which is different from the current EMUI. It is an independent OS built on Linux open source system. Furthermore, it is optimized for 5G Internet and covers the whole platform.
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How can Huawei Hongmeng OS Survive?
However, the key to an operating system is the ecosystem. The reasons for the failure of Windows Phone, webOS (Palm), Firefox OS, and BlackBerry OS are the abandonment by software vendors. The number and quality of applications cannot compete with Android and iOS. So, can Hongmeng OS break this jinx?
Hongmeng OS Android Apps will be Compatible with Android and Web apps faster than Android
Huawei executive, MrYu Chengdong said that Hongmeng OS will be compatible with Android and web applications. In fact, this operation is not difficult. After all, Android is also built on Linux.
Among them, Huawei’s previously released “Ark Compiler” is the key, it can recompile Android applications written in Java language, and run on the Hongmeng OS at 60% speed. Because the Ark compiler is completely open source, software vendors can optimize and customize according to their own conditions. In other words, the cost of porting Android applications will be low.
To be sure, in order to ensure the user experience, Hongmeng OS will use EMUI, Huawei’s self-developed software store “App Gallery” will also go online, replacing Google Play in overseas markets.
It is expected that Hongmeng OS will receive the support of most domestic software vendors, and there is not much problem in ecological health in China. The trouble is the overseas market, but it is not desperate. Internet giants competing with Google may recompile Android applications for Huawei devices. Major Apps that will be recompiled includes Facebook, WhatsApp, Amazon, Netflix, Uber, Spotify, etc. for competitive purposes.
It is reported that Hongmeng OS will be released as soon as this fall and next spring, which is a breakthrough for Huawei and even China’s science and technology field. In fact, even if Google reinstates Huawei’s Android license, Huawei should insist on developing its own system and mastering the right to speak from the source.