The own Huawei system, Hongmeng OS, is to be ready later this year

Despite the great crisis, Huawei still believes that a conflict with the US authorities will be resolved in some way. His emergency plan is to be fired only at the end of the year. And initially only in China.

Android and Windows are to continue to be operating software for Huawei consumer devices. For some reason, the company still seems to be the mouth of its representatives, suggesting that the misunderstanding with the US authorities will be quickly resolved, which means that it will be able to continue using Google and Microsoft products.

It seems more and more doubtful. The solution is to be Hongmeng OS , an operating system built secretly by Huawei since 2012. Richard Yu, head of the consumer department of the company, stated in CNBC that the system will go to customers in China at the end of this year. Its international version is expected to be released about a quarter later.

Hongmeng OS is to draw applications from AppGallery. Is it supposed to be Android?

We know absolutely nothing about the Hongmeng system. Huawei only confirmed the date of commencement of works on this system and that its version is being prepared for both mobile devices and desktops. However, beyond this approximate release date and some connection with AppGallery, the end.

It is believed, however, that Huawei did not build the entire platform from scratch, because in truth it would not make much sense. The open-source community provides great building blocks for the foundation of the operating system, allowing Huawei to focus its efforts on grinding them to their needs and developing the application and application layer, from the user interface. It could be one of the Linux systems or even the AOSP (Android Open Source Project), and thus an open version of Google's proprietary solutions and services.

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AppGallery seems to be talking about the latter option. AOSP is the most ready to be a desktop system, it has been supporting applications in windows of any proportions for a long time, and EMUI has long been providing a desktop system interface. And AppGallery is nothing more than a (very modest) alternative to the Play Store.

It does not solve many problems. Hongmeng can not use digital services from Google or Microsoft, so it will depend on those from Chinese partners. Preferred even by local consumers, but completely foreign and unattractive to those from other regions of the world. The AppGallery offer is too modest to be able to rely in any way on the commercial success of Hongmeng equipment in the western markets. Unless…

I have a theory. Such a sci-fi genre, let's play with imagination.

People who do not like such irresistible facts - I understand you, so I respect your time and encourage you to rewind to the last heading of this text. The rest I want to point out in which direction the operating software market is heading. Huawei, after all, jumped in many ways with his competitors, introducing to them elements that she had just planned.

Let us not forget that this company employs top engineers from around the world. For example, the excellent cameras in Huawei phones were designed by a group of engineers of similar composition to those who worked on iconic cameras in Nokia phones. Performing a "jump forward" and jumping the software competition to the place to which it seeks, does not seem to me so unlikely in the case of Huaweia. And what is the competition going for?

You do not need to be an expert in the industry to see that Windows and macOS are relics of the past. The only reason for their existence are tools developed for years or even for decades, which still rely on millions of customers and which are not yet available for various reasons - economic or technical - on young and modern platforms.

Apple connects its future with iOS (and its variants such as tvOS or watchOS), invariably putting on a strictly supervised and controlled usable environment, which from version to version - which is particularly evident on the iPad - becomes surprisingly useful also for more serious work. Microsoft and Google, out of necessity or will, living in symbiosis with external partners, have a slightly different future in plans,

Operating systems like Lego blocks. Because most of us need only a thin client anyway.

The niche success of the Chrome OS has made everyone think about the IT industry. The concept of less is more promoted by Steve Jobs, has been thoroughly reinterpreted by Google. Chrome OS is a system, from the point of view of Windows or macOS, very primitive. But it can also be reset for a new employee or student in the class within a few seconds. The same goes for restoring it to some efficiency in the event of a failure.

Pixel Slate - tablet with Chrome OS

Chrome OS is growing extremely dynamically, new versions appear for download every few weeks. And yet the upgrade process is basically invisible to the user. If it were not for new features appearing in the interface, we would not be able to determine exactly without checking when the upgrade took place. Chrome OS is primitive, indeed. But thanks to this he is lively, trivial in servicing and maintenance. Windows in its current form is not able to match Chrome OS in the categories in which it shines. Similarly, as Android is being developed in parallel. That's why Google and Microsoft are containerizing their systems into individual building blocks.

There is a big reset. But without breaking compatibility with applications. How is this possible?

Here we enter the area where we have to define reality on the basis of fragmentary information, which from time to time penetrate the media. We know that the runtime environment for Android applications is expected to appear on an increasing number of Chrome OS devices. We also know that Google is working on Fuchsia OS with its own kernel, although its connections to Android and Chrome OS are very vague.

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However, Google, like Microsoft, is primarily working on the technique of streaming applications to simple operating systems, without a proper runtime environment. Both companies are looking for a place where the boundary will be placed between running the application locally and remotely. For example, it is believed that Microsoft Lite locally will process web applications (including PWA ) and UWP, while classic Win32 applications will be streamed to it from the cloud.

Google and Microsoft believe they can do better than the open-source community. However, this is not a cosmic technology that is unavailable to Huaweia and his Hongmeng.

Open source solutions for virtualization and containerization of applications are also developed as part of OSS as open and free modules that anyone can use to build their own software. This means that Hongmeng from Huawei could be basically a thin client system with implemented technology for streaming runtime environments and applications.

Alibaba, an enormous cloud supplier from China, which has a great appetite for Western markets and which has already gained some prestigious clients on them, could help in this. Alibaba now offers remote hosting of both Windows and Linux applications. Hongmeng could natively support web applications and those from AppGallery, and after connecting to the cloud, basically any other.

In theory (though, due to the limited belief in the power of Huaweia, already very thick sewn threads), such a creation would also solve the dispute with ARM . Hongmeng could natively support web applications (including PWA), and those from Android and Windows would be received in streamed virtualized containers.

However, without the enthusiasm of the companies that create applications, it will not succeed.

At the end, they are always the deciding factor. Hongmeng to some extent, bigger or smaller, will solve the lack of compatibility with Windows and Android with Play Services. Perhaps even Huawei will be able to create a completely unattended path for developers, in which they must literally click the mouse several times to reach Hongmeng's customers.

Only history tells us that even such simple paths are completely unattractive to creators and distributors of games and applications when they are unsure of the future of the platform itself. Hongmeng is one big unknown and will remain so even if we know the technical details about it. And without Western applications and services - local or hosted in the cloud - nothing else to do.

The own Huawei system, Hongmeng OS, is to be ready later this year


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