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Huawei says Hongmeng operating system not for smartphones


In this picture taken on May 29, 2019, a company logo is displayed at a reception area at the Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen, China’s Guangdong province. – Huawei’s main Shenzhen campus is a sprawling, lavishly landscaped mix of glass office towers, labs and training centres, including a white-columned neo-classical research site the size of a city block and cheekily dubbed the “White House” for its resemblance to US President Donald Trump’s current address. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) / To go with China-US-trade-Huawei-telecommunication, SCENE by Dan Martin

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Thursday said its Hongmeng operating system will be for industrial use and not for smartphones.

The company said it intends to continue using Android for its smartphones.

Huawei’s vice president Catherine Chen said in Brussels that the rumours that Hongmeng will be used on smartphones were untrue.


Chen’s statement was in contrast with what Richard Yu, who heads Huawei’s consumer business unit told US channel CNBC.

Yu told CNBC in May that the international version of the system could be ready in the first or second quarter of 2020.

He, however, said that Huawei was still committed to Android.

“Today, Huawei, we are still committed to Microsoft Windows and Google Android,” Yu said. “But if we cannot use that, Huawei will prepare the plan B to use our own OS.”

Huawei was dealt a blow this week with Google’s decision to partially cut off Huawei devices from its Android OS following a US order banning the sale or transfer of American technology to the firm.


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