Huawei Technologies is trying a smartphone equipped with Hongmeng, the company’s self-developed operating system, which could conceivably go on sale before the current year’s over, Chinese state-news source Global Times detailed.
The arrival of a Hongmeng-powered smartphone would check a noteworthy step for China’s Huawei, the world’s second-biggest producer of smartphones, as US government activities undermine its entrance to Google’s Android operating system.
The gadget will be valued at around CNY 2,000 (Roughly $288), the Global Times state on Sunday, referring to anonymous sources. That will place the gadget toward the low-end segment of the smartphone market.
Huawei did not promptly remark on the report when reached by Reuters on Monday.
Huawei executives have recently described Hongmeng as an operating system intended for internet-of-things (IoT) items. A month ago the company said the main significant gadgets powered by Hongmeng would be its upcoming line of Honor brand smart TVs.
Company pioneers have openly made light of the possibility that the software could power a smartphone.
A week ago, at an occasion announcing the company’s earnings for the first half of 2019, Huawei chairman Liang Hua said the company wanted to use Google’s Android operating system for its mobile devices and ralluded to Hongmeng as a component of Huawei’s “long haul technique”.
Huawei has been at the focal point of geopolitical tension between the United States and China since May, when President Donald Trump put the company on an “entity list” that viably banned American suppliers from selling to the company.
Trump has flagged that the sanctions will be relaxed, although further subtleties remain scarce. In the event that the strategies stay enforced, Huawei could conceivably lose access to regular updates to Android.
Huawei’s income in the primary portion of 2019 grew 23%, to some degree because of solid domestic demand for its mobile phones.
While smartphone sales failed abroad, its shipments in China expanded 31% year-on-year in the June quarter, as indicated by market research firm Canalys.
Analysts attribute the strong presentation at home to a limited extent because of the quality of its gadgets, which have since quite a while ago drove China’s high-end Android phone market, and to some degree because of nationalism among customers.