After a few months, Huawei is now bored of the idea that the Hongmeng home market operating system can serve as a replacement for Google's Android on its smartphones. SVP Catherine Chen told journalists in Brussels yesterday that Hongmeng is not designed for smartphones and that Huawei plans to continue using Android, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reports.
This follows the same comments last week from Chairman Liang Hua, who said in responses indicated by TechNode that "[Huawei not yet] has decided whether the Hongmeng OS can be developed in the future as an operating system for smartphones." Liang says the system is designed as a low-latency solution for IoT devices, while Chen describes it as being "for industrial use."
That is a shift from the previous message exchange from Huawei, which indicates that the company was willing to make a switch. "Huawei is starting a replacement," communication VP Andrew Williamson Reuters said in June, adding that it would be "in months" ready in the case of a blacklist for Android. "It is not something that Huawei wants. We are very happy to be part of the Android family, but Hongmeng is being tested, mainly in China." Richard Yu, CEO of the consumer department, also said earlier this year that Huawei was ready would be to use his alternatives.
The point can of course be disputed if the recent relaxation of trade restrictions on Huawei by the US influences the company's ability to interact with Google. But whatever the outcome, it is less than ever clear how ready Huawei would be to do it alone.