Huawei’s Hongmeng OS to be unveiled this week

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However, since there is no official announcement from Huawei, it's still not clear whether the Hongmeng is really an Android-alternative for smartphones.

Android is the only game in town for all smartphone makers apart from Apple. It also stated that Huawei is preparing to manufacture several million units and will launch the device alongside the Mate30 series.

The phone would be priced at around $288 which would put it on par with devices priced on the lower-end of the smartphone market, Communist Party of China-aligned tabloid Global Times said, citing unnamed sources.

According to a new report from the Chinese state media outlet Global Times, Huawei is pressing ahead with testing for a handset powered by the company's own proprietary Hongmeng OS ahead of launching the device as soon as the fourth quarter.

The unusual thing about all this is that Huawei executives have previously described Hongmeng OS as an operating system designed for Internet of Things products, so much so that the first major devices with such a system would be the next Honor brand smart TV line. The Trump administration previously raised concerns that Huawei technology could pose a national security risk and may be used as a backdoor for Chinese government espionage. Huawei could technically still use Android because it's partly open source, but many Android users are probably accustomed to having easy access to Google's services on the platform.

Or maybe not. Before we get too carried away it should be noted that HongMeng seems to have originally been intended as an embedded/IoT OS and that Huawei will only use it in smartphones if forced to. Then, reports said Hongmeng could debut this year.

After meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit last month, President Trump said that U.S. firms can resume selling equipment to Huawei.

Earlier this year, Huawei was subject to trade sanctions which disallowed any American company to trade with it. Companies like Qualcomm, Google, and Corning pulled their hands off Huawei, which led to a global crisis for the Chinese company.

President Trump also met with leaders from Google, Cisco, Intel, Qualcomm, Micron, Broadcom, and Western Digital Corporation - all top producers of United States technology equipment - last month to discuss national security restrictions against Huawei sales.

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