HarmonyOS/Hongmeng OS: Here’s everything you need to know about this new Operating System

At Huawei Developer Conference 2019, Huawei launched HarmonyOS/Hongmeng OS – a new microkernel-based, distributed operating system designed to deliver a new user experience across all devices and scenarios.

At the same event, Huawei also announced the evolution roadmap for HarmonyOS and its kernel. HarmonyOS 1.0 will be first adopted in its smart screen products, which are due to launch later this year.

May 21, 2019, Few More details landed:

New information revealed that Huawei’s OS is based on Linux and Hongmeng name is related to Chinese mythology. That fits in the lineup of names like processor series “Kirin” which is also derived from the name of a mythical chimerical creature ‘Qilin’.

Also, This OS will be used as a universal operating system for multiple platforms including smartphones and notebooks.

May 21, 2019, Problems with early application ecosystem:

Apart from an operating system, there’s always a need of application ecosystem that is tagged with several problems including compatibility and bugs, please read the full article here where we’ve highlighted Huawei’s main issues in the development applications to support this new OS.

May 21, 2019, First glance at Availability and Compatibility:

According to Huawei’s consumer business CEO Yu Chengdong, Huawei’s first-ever self-developed operating system will soon be launched this fall the earliest and no later than spring next year. Interestingly, the new Huawei OS will be compatible with all Huawei phones, tablets, TV, and wearable devices.

He also revealed that Huawei’s OS is also compatible with all Android applications and all web applications.

May 23, 2019, Huawei CEO’s interview:

Huawei CEO again confirmed the launch date to CNBC, that Huawei’s operating system could be ready by the fourth quarter of this year and a version for the global market in the first or the second quarter of 2020.

This sentence has also grown possibilities that the company may come up with a different name for the global market but not confirmed by the official at that time.

He also said the operating system will support all android apps and come with its “App Gallery” as a default app store.

However, the Huawei executive stressed that the company will only launch its operating system if it will receive a permanent ban from using Google or Microsoft products.

May 24, 2019, Huawei registered “Hongmeng” trademark in China:

Huawei has registered trademarked for “Huawei Hongmeng” from China’s Trademark Office of national intellectual property administration with an application submission date of Aug 24, 2018, which was publically announced on May 14, 2019, and the duration of this registration is valid from May 14, 2019, to May 13, 2029.

The application is registered under multiple categories, including – Operating System Program, Computer Operating Program, Computer Operating Software. All of these categories confirms that “Hongmeng” is the name of Huawei’s operating system.

Moreover, the categories also include – Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop and more, showing that the company has prepared it for all its devices ecosystem, which we’ve also reported about.

If you are interested in checking the trademark application details please visit the original article here.

May 28, 2019, Huawei registers ARK in Europe:

Huawei has registered “Huawei ARK OS” trademark at EUIPO, on May 24, 2019, and submitted in the same categories including Operating System.

It looks like we could have a global name of the “Hongmeng OS”.  The Huawei ARK OS could be the name of the upcoming Huawei OS, which will work on all the device globally, except China.

May 28, 2019, There are no such statements at the moment:

There are fake reports that said Huawei’s self-developed operating system will be 60% faster compared to Android OS and will also support IOS apps.

As of now, according to our information, we want to confirm that there are no such statements made by any Huawei executive or official regarding these subjects.

May 29, 2019, Huawei filed new UI designs patent

On March 26, 2019, Huawei filed a design patent at DPMA (German Patent and Trademark Office) and published on May 14, 2019, the same day as Huawei filed a trademark for “ARK OS”.

Check more details in a dedicated article here.

June 2, 2019, Huawei is testing Hongmeng OS and its compatibility with Android Apps

A report revealed that Huawei has allegedly shipped 1 million smartphones with the software onboard for testing, and with the compatibility to run all Android applications.

Hongmeng OS will come with increased security functions.

Rosenblatt Securities revealed in a smartphone supply chain report that Huawei has allegedly shipped 1 million smartphones with the software onboard for testing, with the software also said to be compatible with all Android applications and has “increased security functions to protect personal data.”

June 3, 2019, Hongmeng OS to launch in September inside Huawei Mate 30 Series

June 7, 2019, Google thinks Huawei’s OS would be more susceptible to being hacked

Google believes that the Chinese company can not provide the level of security it has for the Android OS. A Huawei-modified version of Android OS would be more susceptible to being hacked.

June 7, 2019, Huawei to launch ‘Hongmeng OS’ in Q3 2019: Report

Huawei could launch a new self-made OS in Q3 2019. The name could be “Hongmeng OS” in China and will be known as “Ark OS” globally,

June 8, 2019, Exclusive: Huawei registers “HongMeng” trademark all around the globe

we’ve confirmed that Huawei has filed the “HongMeng” trademark applications in almost every possible intellectual property organizations around the globe.

June 11, 2019, Chinese smartphone makers including Xiaomi and OPPO are reportedly testing Huawei’s Hongmeng OS [Update]

June 13, 2019, Hongmeng is expected to launch in October, not ready for flagship phones: Analyst

Huawei’s self-developed operating system identified as ‘HongMeng‘ is yet to unveil by the company but a well-known industry analyst says this OS will be coming in October featuring in low-end devices.

June 14, 2019, Hongmeng OS reportedly in preparation for being launched

Andrew Williamson, vice president of Huawei’s public affairs and communications, said in an interview that the company will “presumably” trademark Hongmeng, which he said has likely been rolled out to a million devices in China.

June 26, 2019, Ark Compiler will be open source from August this year, could play a big role in Hongmeng OS

Xiao Ran, Vice President of Huawei’s Strategy and Industry Development, said that Huawei Ark Compiler will be officially open source in August this year and also invited partners and application to join its ecosystem and create apps based on Ark compiler.

June 27, 2019, Huawei should develop Hongmeng OS ‘Open Source’: Qihoo 360 Chairman

At 2019 Nanjing Tech Week, Zhou Hongyi, Chairman and CEO of Internet security company Qihoo 360 Technology, delivered a speech, saying Huawei can develop Hongmeng operating system in an open-source platform, and similar to the Android OS, Hongmeng can easily be spread throughout China’s IT sector.

July 5, 2019, Breaking: Huawei is testing Hongmeng OS in Mate 30, planning to launch together

Huawei is inviting peoples to test its operating system on a new device (possibly Huawei Mate 30). The email also mentioned that the company is planning to release the operating system alongside Huawei Mate 30 series.

July 6, 2019: Huawei’s OS supports different devices, already operational for some phones in China: Ren Zhengfei

Frech ‘Le Point’ magazine posted an interview of Huawei Founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, who talked about the company’s business and issues with the U.S., as well as the company’s self-developed Operating System.

July 6, 2019: Huawei founder says our OS needs a vast application ecosystem, will take few years to establish

Founder Ren told in an interview published on French Magazine “Le Point”, compared to Apple and Google, we still lack a good application ecosystem. That will take a few years to be established at a high level with the help of developers.

July 8, 2019: Breaking: Here are the leaked features Huawei is bringing to Hongmeng OS

Huawei has recently been recruiting internal testers in China to test its software in the name of ‘new features software’ testing, as one of the testers has contacted Huaweicentral.com and revealed some of the key feature details of that software on condition of anonymity.

July 12, 2019: Android is still the first choice, undecided on Hongmeng OS

Huawei Chairman Liang Hua said the company still prefers Android over its self-developed OS.

July 13, 2019: Report: Huawei is creating confusion on Hongmeng OS, developing for smartphones or Not?

Recently, we’ve seen variations in Huawei’s announcement regarding its self-developed operating system, the OS that expected to replace Android in its device ecosystem but now it seems like the company is trying to hide something away from us on this matter.

July 17, 2019: Hongmeng OS to be used in Honor TV, potential launch at HDC 2019: Industry Source

Since the start of Hongmeng OS’ story, there are different statements made by the company officials that differentiate from each other on this subject and creates infinite confusion but in the midst of all of this misconception now we have got a new report that hints the company is planning launch this OS in its upcoming smart TV.

July 19, 2019: Hongmeng OS is not for smartphones, it’s for industrial solutions: Huawei Director

Huawei’s self-developed operating system reportedly called as Hongmeng OS is widely speculated to be a replacement of Android but this allegation has already been denied by two Huawei executives and now we have a new statement from a Huawei that also confirms the denial.

July 24, 2019: Huawei officially teases an all in one software solution ahead of HDC 2019, Hongmeng OS?

Huawei previously confirmed that Ark Compiler will be a topic of discussion at Huawei Developer Conference 2019 and today the company has dropped a hint that may create some high hope for Huawei fans waiting to see something new.

July 30, 2019: Here’s some clarification on Hongmeng OS and its future in Huawei’s device ecosystem

We’ve been arguing about the fact that Huawei has also developed Hongmeng OS for smartphones but the company has denied it and today we’ve got some real light on this matter.

August 5, 2019: Huawei smartphone with Hongmeng OS to go on sale in Q4 at 2000 yuan, under testing: Source

Although top executives from Huawei has denied that they’ve not developed for Hongmeng OS for the smartphones but a new report has once again started the conversation on Android’s alternative.

August 9, 2019: Huawei officially announced Harmony OS/Hongmeng OS

August 9, 2019: Breaking: Harmony/Hongmeng OS is open source

August 9, 2019: Huawei says Harmony/Hongmeng is ready for smartphones but still want to use Android

August 9, 2019: HarmonyOS/Hongmeng OS can run Linux, Unix, Web and Android operations

August 9, 2019: HarmonyOS is tested on Huawei smartphones, migration will be easy if prohibited from using Android

August 10, 2019: HarmonyOS: Here are the four technical features that defines this Operating System

August 10, 2019: Harmony OS: Here’s the roadmap for developer plan and ecosystem development

August 10, 2019: Huawei will invest $1 billion to build HarmonyOS’s app ecosystem, will also cut intake fee from developers

August 10, 2019: Honor Vision with HarmonyOS officially unveiled, check out the price


More to come, so stay tuned…



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