Huawei says Hongmeng OS not intended for smartphones

Huawei board member and senior Vice President Catherine Chen said on Thursday that the company’s Hongmeng operating system is not intended for smartphones and the company intends to continue to use Google’s Android operating system for its smartphones.

The Hongmeng system has previously been widely reported as a potential alternative to Android on smartphones, but Chen, when asked at a media roundtable in Brussels, was unequivocal that it is not designed for that.

She said the recently-trademarked Hongmeng is for industrial use and actually has been in development long before the current discussions around finding an alternative to Android.

Chen said while an operating system for smartphones usually contain dozens of millions of lines of codes, Hongmeng contains much fewer – in the quantity of hundreds of thousands – and therefore very secure.

The Hongmeng system also has extreme low latency compared with a smartphone operating system, she added.

The company intends to continue using Android, she added.

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