The smartphone industry, of course, is littered with the carcasses of operating systems that tried to break a lock on the iOS-Android duopoly, which is another reason why Huawei's next steps here are so perilous.
If Huawei's mission to sell Western consumers on a software platform devoid of Google services and possibly many other US-made apps didn't feel tricky enough, try imagining said OS being called Hongmeng. While it is still believed that creating a market-ready alternative to Android is near impossible, the report says otherwise.
In an ominous, but vague, warning China said earlier this month that it was drawing up a list of "unreliable" foreign companies, organisations and individuals in what could signal retaliation for the U.S. sanctions on Huawei. "Rather, forcing network operators to rip out and replace their existing equipment would pose a greater threat to network stability and security". However, there are speculations that the new OS will drop with the Mate 30 in the last quarter of the year.
Some major tech firms are said to be actively working with Huawei to push forward the release of HongMeng OS, which can deal a major blow to the US-led Huawei crackdown.More news: Fifteen Serie A clubs oppose Champions League reforms
The email suggests that AppGallery has 560,000 developers now in the community, and that the platform comes preloaded on every Huawei phone sold globally, reaching 270 million monthly active users.
As another curveball to this story, there have also been reports in recent days that Huawei could decide to work with Russia and use a Russian-created OS as an Android replacement.
The company, also the world's second-largest maker of smartphones, has not yet revealed details about its OS.
Interestingly, Guo Mingxi also predicts that Huawei will manage to ship over 215 to 225 million units of its smartphones this year, despite the troubles between the United States and China.More news: Konami enters the tiny console business with the TurboGrafx-16 Mini
For the initial stages, Huawei is said to focus mainly on the budget smartphone segment with its own OS.
Do Androids dream of Hongmeng?
Huawei, for sure, will face a challenge to build an ecosystem once it launches its OS, as getting all worldwide app developers on board to tweak their products for the new Chinese platform won't be too easy. The Chinese tech giant has adamantly denied all accusations.More news: 2019 iPhone XR to Feature Bigger Battery Than Last Year's Model