Huawei tests smartphone with own operating system, possibly for sale this year

  • 05/08/2019
Huawei tests smartphone with own operating system, possibly for sale this year

According to the Chinese state media Global Times, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is currently examining a device with Hongmeng, a patented operating mechanism designed by a firm that will possibly be on sale later this year.


The launch of Hongmeng-based smartphone will be an important step for Chinese Huawei, the second leading smartphone manufacturer in the globe, because the moves of the US authorities jeopardize its entry to Google’s Android operating system.

As reported in the Global Times on Sunday, the cost of the phone will be nearly 2,000 yuan (288 dollars). This is going to set the device in the lower end of the smartphone market.

Huawei executives earlier characterized Hongmeng as an operating system made for goods from the Internet of Things. Previous month, the firm reported that the first large devices based on Hongmeng are going to be a new line of Honor smart TVs.

Company leaders have publicly minimized the potential that software can power a smartphone.

Previous week Huawei chairman Liang Hua claimed that the company chooses to employ the Google Android operating system for its mobile devices, and called Hongmeng the “long-term strategy” of Huawei.

Huawei has been amid the USA and China trade conflict since May, when President Donald Trump put the firm on the "list of entity", which efficiently prohibited American suppliers from selling firms.

Trump made it clear that the sanctions will be softened, however, additional details remain rare. If policies remain in effect, Huawei may lose entry to basic Android upgrades.

Huawei's income in the first half of 2019 boosted by 23%, partly thanks to high domestic requirement for its mobile devices.

While smartphone sales declined overseas, deliveries in China grew by 31% year-on-year in June, as reported by the research firm Canalys.

Analysts attribute the high performance of the house partly because of the quality of their devices, which for a long time were leading in the market of luxury phones in China, and partly because of the patriotism among consumers.


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