Huawei the Chinese mobile brand has started testing its new operating system on the soon to be launched, Mate 30. Hongmeng OS, as Huawei calls it, is the operating system that Huawei phones will use thanks to the trade ban imposed by the US.
President of the United States had banned the company from any trade within the US, including that with Google and hence preventing it from using Android Platform on the latest phones. Trump allowed Huawei to trade with US-based tech-companies after his meeting with the Chinese President during the G-20 summit. However, the US Commercial Department staffs received an email from John Sonderman, Deputy Director of the Office of Export Enforcement in the Commerce stating that Huawei is still under the blacklist. So, the situation with the legality of Huawei in the US is still confusing.
Therefore, the Hongmeng OS might still be of great use for Huawei heading to the future. The company might include it in the upcoming releases, and it might be pre-installed.
The sources from Huawei Central claim that they received the information about testing of the OS from a “person related to the matter”. The email is said to contain information about Hongmeng OS’s release alongside Huawei Mate 30, but the information about it being pre-installed is still vague.
The situation between the US and Huawei will dictate the installation pattern of the OS If everything is okay between the parties, then the company might include EMUI on top of Android instead of just having Hongmeng. But if things go south, the company has no other option than to release Hongmeng OS as its full-fledged OS.