Huawei is now looking and exploring the option of testing asmartphone with HongMeng – the company’s very own and self-developed OS – which would potentially end up going on sale by the end of the year.
The release of smartphone powered by HongMeng would be a major accomplishment for the Chinese manufacturer Huawei – who happens to be the second-biggest maker of smartphones all over the world. The company has been in trouble ever since its relations with the US government deteriorated – as the US government’s actions threaten the company’s access to Google’s Android OS.
As far as the device goes – it is expected to feature with a price tag of around $288, a Chinese source said on Sunday. If this does turn out to be the case, then the device will be placed towards the low-end segment of the smartphone market.
Huawei executives have previously talked about HongMeng– describing it as an operating system designed for internet-of-things products. Just last month Huawei said that the first major devices which will be powered by HongMeng would be its upcoming line of Honor-brand smart TVs.
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The leaders of the company have since publicly downplayed the possibility that the software could actually power a smartphone.
Last week there was an event concerning Huawei in which the company announced its earning for the first half of 2019. At the event, the chairman of Huawei – Liang Hua stated that Huawei preferred to use Google’s OS for the sake of its mobile devices – while he referred to HongMeng as part of the company’s “long-term strategy”.
The situation that Huawei currently finds itself in just highlights the geopolitical tension between both the US and China ever since May – when the President of the States ordered for Huawei to be placed on an “entity list” which meant that American suppliers could no longer be in business with the Chinese manufacturer.
Since then though, the President has suggested that the sanctions will be relaxed – though further details still remain scarce. If the policies do indeed remain enforced, Huawei could lose access to regular updates to Android.
The company’s revenue in the first half of this year grew by an impressive 23% – this coming mainly due to the strong demand that the manufacturer faces for mobile phones in its home country of China. Huawei’s shipments in China also increased by 31% year-on-year in the June quarter according to recent reports. Such numbers in the company’s home country clearly suggest that there is no shortage of patriotism among consumers,along with other things that make Huawei one of the most popular entities in China.