They say one million devices running a pre-release version of Hongmeng have already been shipped for testing purposes, and Huawei reportedly assigned the mission to evaluate the OS in its current state to not only its own employees, but people from the outside as well. This confirms rumors that Huawei is working on a mobile operating system with the name Hongmeng.
Despite the expectation that the government will impose its own ban on Huawei with respect to 5G networks in Taiwan (for further details please see "Huawei's Deepening Dilemma in Taiwan"), Huawei's smartphone sales remained positive - that is, until the recent drop in support from USA tech companies such as Google, Qualcomm and industrial standards organisations.
Williamson said that Hongmeng would be ready to go "in months" in case trade tensions escalate into a full-blown trade war. The move essentially banned Huawei from getting electrical components and software from USA companies.
Similarly, reports suggest that the new OS is launching on Huawei Mate 30 launch in this fall, whereas the P40 is referenced as an alternative.
The company, also the world's second-largest maker of smartphones, has not yet revealed details about its OS.
On the other hand, the South China Morning Post put an article questioning whether Huawei's front-foot battle with the U.S. is survivable without concessions from talks between leaders Trump and Xi.
There remains, of course, some doubt over how this upgrade will actually happen, as the looming United States trade ban would likely prevent a wide-ranging Android Q upgrade program, but it seems that some users might be able to get it, and that's better news than none. The company has been denying that it has anything to do with spying for the Chinese government.
Huawei's hopes to become the world's top-selling smartphone maker in the fourth quarter this year have now been delayed, a senior Huawei executive said this week.
Peru's Indecopi has said it needs more information from Huawei before it can register a trademark for Hongmeng. The bluster was "a nice morale booster for the troops but belied the reality of Huawei's dependence on US core technology".