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Huawei's 'HongMeng' OS to replace Android soon?

Since Trump has forced Google to suspend businesses with Huawei, the most important question is what is going to happen with the Chinese smartphone brand's  operating system?
Huawei P30 Pro
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Huawei claims 'HongMeng' OS to replace Android soon

Huawei says that they have been working on the 'HongMeng' OS since 2012. They have acknowledged its existence, but the platform is still lying around mystery.

We have prepared our own operating system. If it should be the case that we can no longer use these systems (like Android)... we would therefore need to be well-armed, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, told German newspaper Die Welt in an interview published in March.

HongMeng OS could be Huawei's Plan B, but now, it is more important to them than ever. Even though the ban is lifted for 90 days, effective until August 19, 2019, Huawei must keep on working on their Plan B for their consumers around the world.

That is our Plan B. But we would of course prefer to work together with the ecosystems provided by Google and Microsoft.

But according to Ryan Whalen, deputy director of the Law and Technology Centre at the University of Hong Kong, that building a new operating system "is exceptionally difficult to do well and to do successfully." 

Just look to players like Nokia, BlackBerry and Microsoft that have all failed recently in similar endeavours, he told AFP (Agence-France Presse), adding that Huawei would have to deal with a “competitive disadvantage” as its rivals will feature core Android services.

If US and Huawei's soured relationship will not get better within this 90-day ban lift, then the Shenzhen-based smartphones would not have the kind of access enjoyed by its rivals such as Samsung and alike.

Without full access to Android and popular Google services, Huawei could find it difficult to convince customers to choose its phones over those pushed by rivals.

But we'll have to see how Huawei will cope without Google's support. If HongMeng OS is their solution to this problem, then they need to speed up.

See also: Highlights of Huawei's HarmonyOS, do we really need it?

What do you think guys?

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