Huawei developed a 'plan B' operating system for smartphones in case it was banned by the US government from using Google products. Here's what we know about it so far.
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- Huawei is said to be developing its own mobile operating system, which the company said is a "plan B" if relations with Google were ever to sour.
- Now that Huawei has been banned from accessing parts of Google's Android mobile operating system after the US government placed the company on a trade blacklist, it's as good a time as any for Huawei to speed up development towards its own mobile operating system.
- Little is known about Huawei's home-grown OS, but it's been reported that it's called "HongMeng OS."
- Even if Huawei can develop an amazing mobile operating system of its own, it would still need to convince app developers to bring popular apps to Huawei's own mobile app store.
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The Chinese telecoms company Huawei has been banned from accessing parts of Google's Android mobile operating system after the US government placed the company on a trade blacklist.
While it's not an all-out ban of Huawei devices, the blacklisting would affect future Huawei devices, and could mean that current Huawei phones will stop getting Android updates.
Without Android, Huawei phones could be nothing more than doorstop made of glass and silicon chips. Not only is the Android operating system the functional foundation of all Android smartphones, but it also brings Google's Play Store, which contains all of Google's popular apps, like Gmail, YouTube, and Google Maps, as well as the ever-growing list of popular third-party apps.
In order to prepare for a potentially Android-less future, Huawei is said to be developing its own mobile operating system to run on its smartphones.
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Huawei's own home-grown mobile operating system is reportedly called "HongMeng OS."
HongMeng OS is likely the "plan B" operating system Huawei mentioned previously.
Huawei has reportedly been developing HongMeng OS since 2012.
Whether Huawei is building its own operating system or not, the company has a huge roadblock to deal with.
Huawei's operating system might actually be fine in China, but Google's Android ban will make Huawei phones less appealing elsewhere.
Reports suggest Huawei phones could still run on a basic version of Android with Huawei's own EMUI interface running on top, but that wouldn't change much for Huawei.
And it's still unclear how recent developments with Google and Android will affect Huawei's highly anticipated foldable Mate X smartphone.
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