With the Hong Meng in place, application developers will not have to create new or additional code to use it as the system will be able to interact with an "ecosystem" of devices, in addition to existing Android apps, Huawei's Consumer Division CEO Richard Yu, said.
Currently, Google and Apple have an almost absolute monopoly on global technology market because their operating systems, Android and iOS, are used by 99.9 percent of communication devices. Huawei's Hong Meng with break up this control.
Microsoft and Samsung both tried to build alternative operating systems to Android in the past but didn't succeed. However, Huawei says it's confident the system will work, at least in China, where the tech ecosystem facilitates 'alternatives' because of the absence of Google in local networks.
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Huawei started developing the Hong Meng OS development in 2012 as its top managers anticipated the need to create their own operating system. Since then, the company has been working on the system under "top secret conditions."
The Chinese company has already put into circulation one million phones with the new operating system for testing. The software has enhanced security features to protect personal data and can be installed on mobile phones, computers, tablets, televisions, cars and laptops.
Huawei also says it wants to create a counterpart to Google Play, and is asking developers to publish their apps in AppGallery store to compete with the United States-based app store.
In May, the U.S. government put Huawei into a blacklist of companies that are accused it of being a national security treat. This decision prohibits the Chinese company from making deals with U.S.-based companies such as Facebook, Google, Qualcomm or Intel.
For Huawei users, such restrictions imply their devices cannot use technology or applications generated from U.S. companies, including Androids.