Huawei pushes back Mate X launch to September to conduct 'extra tests'

Huawei's New Operating System Is Insanely Fast Versus Android

Huawei's New Operating System Is Insanely Fast Versus Android

Huawei has come under mounting scrutiny for over a year, led by USA allegations that "back doors" in its routers, switches and other gear could allow China to spy on US communications. However, days later Huawei announced that it is working on its own operating system which will replace Android in its smartphones.

So far, the company has applied for trademarks in at least nine countries including Canada, Cambodia, South Korea, New Zealand and Peru, as well as European region, according to Reuters. Presumably if Huawei did pre-install devices with Aurora it would be for Huawei devices sold in Russian Federation and neighboring markets. The Mate X is Huawei's first 5G-enabled phone, so it stands to reason that the company is testing compatibility with global carriers before launching the device.

To ensure long-term security, and given the Trump administration's continuing rhetoric against China and its tech companies, Huawei has no option but to pursue its own OS.

A staff member shows the new Huawei Mate X smartphone with 5G network provided by China Unicom and Huawei at the media center for the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, China March 1, 2019. Which would, of course, present a whole new series of concerns.

Huawei is reported to be sending out invitation to some popular app developers to invite them to join the Huawei AppGallery platform.

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The company's patent filings include screenshots displaying the operating system's interface, which shares some features with Android's UI.

Once Huawei's OS formally hits the street, there will effectively be two kinds of Android operating system: the genuine version and a Huawei version which will be compatible to all Android apps.

It appears that Huawei' is more "cautious" because of what happened with the Galaxy Fold.

Initial rumors pointed at Huawei's in-house Ark OS and it's supposed to go out sometime in October but sources familiar with the matter state that the Chinese tech giant is considering another alternative as well - Sailfish OS. If all the phones do get the update, Google risks losing significant Android market share.

Last year, one in every three smartphones sold in China was a Huawei device. The longer it takes for these devices to hit the market, the more robust the competition will get. Hongmeng will support other devices later.

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