Earlier today is a rumor of origin techradar suggested that the release of the so-called Huawei OS – the company replacement for Android – will start next month. The source of this information was Alaa Elshimy, Managing Director and Vice President of Huawei Enterprise Business Group Middle East.
While the source of that source would suggest that this information is correct, Android Authority has a statement by Huawei that has explicitly stated that this is not the case.
techradar has since updated the heading and content of his article to reflect this new information.
According to Huawei, the Huawei operating system – code name internally as HongMeng and better known as "Plan B"- will not start in June. In fact, there is no set date for its disclosure.
Previous rumors around HongMeng strongly suggest that the operating system is not ready for release. Therefore, it was definitely surprising to hear the original rumor that the OS will start so soon. We are now back to believe it will be time – definitely months, at least – before we see Huawei's attempt to replace Android.
The pressure on Huawei to eliminate its dependence on Android comes from its current status on the Entity List issued by US President Donald Trump. It effectively helps Huawei to join any US-based company, including Google. As such, any future Huawei smartphones will not be able to send with the full Android service, which most Western consumers depend on, including access to Google apps, Google Play Store, and fast Android security updates.
Huawei promises that any information regarding the release of Huawei OS will come from official channels.