A new report claims that Hongmeng OS, Huawei’s alternative operating system that may or may not be able to replace Android, could be close to breaking cover. The report comes from China’s state-run Global Times and should be taken with a degree of skepticism, but contains a few key details that should be possible to verify soon enough.
First of all, Huawei will reportedly show off Hongmeng OS at its developer conference, which kicks off this week on Friday, August 9th in Dongguan, China. Huawei executives have said that the software is primarily designed for IoT devices, though it will first come to Honor smart TVs, according to Reuters.
The report compares Hongmeng OS to Google’s long-in-the-works Fuchsia, which is similarly an experimental operating system that is designed to run on various form factors. Hongmeng OS is also said to be built around a microkernel so it can “better accommodate artificial intelligence and can run on multiple platforms.”
That said, the Global Times also claims that a Hongmeng OS smartphone is very much in the works and already in the process of being tested. The first device could debut alongside Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro flagship later in the year, with a release date set for the fourth quarter. However, the phone is expected to target the low-to-mid-range segment, with pricing set at around 2,000 yuan (~$288).