Huawei has finally confirmed that it’s working on an Android replacement after the United States government banned it from using Google’s operating system.
The executive order signed by US President Donald Trump in mid-May does not allow Huawei to use products developed by American products, and these include operating systems like Android and Windows.
As a result, Huawei started the development of an in-house platform that would replace both and keep its devices alive. The testing is under way, Andrew Williamson, vice president of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s public affairs and communications, told Reuters.
While no specifics were provided, Huawei is believed to be targeting a late-2019 release of the operating system on Chinese products, whereas the international debut should happen in 2020.
Possible launch later this year
Codenamed Hongmeng, the OS could end up being called Ark OS in foreign markets.
“Huawei is in the process of potentially launching a replacement,” Williamson was quoted as saying by the cited source. “It’s not something Huawei wants. We’re very happy of being part of the Android family, but Hongmeng is being tested, mostly in…