Huawei would be testing HongMeng OS, its alternative operating system to Android, on the Mate 30. The OS could even be officially presented with the brand’s future flagship, in October 2019. It could replace Android on the Chinese smartphone versions.
If Huawei still believes in an Android future, the uncertain evolution of the trade war between the United States and China pushes the manufacturer to take precautions and continue to develop its own alternative to Google’s operating system, supposedly named Hongmeng OS. And according to Huawei Central, the group is testing its software solution on the upcoming Mate 30.
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The publication, which relies on information from a source “close to the file”, also said that the OS could be officially launched at the same time as the Mate 30, which is expected by mid-October 2019. The exact date of the presentation is still unknown. It seems that the Mate 30 could be the first smartphone of the brand to do without Android.
It is unlikely that Huawei will choose to drop Android internationally, at least initially. Huawei will rely on Android Open Source Project for the software part of its smartphones. On the other hand, China seems ready for a change. The Chinese already have an Android user experience different from ours, and do not seem to be resisting a Huawei home OS. If Hongmeng OS lands on the Mate 30, it will probably be in China.