Leaked: Huawei's new OS likely to be Android-compatible

Screenshots of Chinese firm's new operating system leaked, looks like stripped-down version of Android

The Chinese giant said it had anticipated Google's ban and is working on its own operating system called Ark OS. In China, Google's products have been blocked since 2010. Local apps have become the de facto option.
Visitors at the Huawei booth at the Mobile Expo in Bangkok last month. The switch to Huawei's new OS is unlikely to scare away Chinese phone buyers, but whether overseas consumers who depend on Google's offerings will take to it remains to be seen. P
Visitors at the Huawei booth at the Mobile Expo in Bangkok last month. The switch to Huawei's new OS is unlikely to scare away Chinese phone buyers, but whether overseas consumers who depend on Google's offerings will take to it remains to be seen. PHOTO: REUTERS

Fans of Huawei's smartphones can breathe easy: The Chinese technology giant's new mobile operating system (OS) is likely to be compatible with the Android ecosystem of apps.

Screenshots of Huawei's new HongMeng OS leaked to Chinese media this week showed the new OS looking like a stripped-down version of the Android software already powering Huawei's smartphones today.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2019, with the headline 'Huawei's new OS likely to be Android-compatible'. Subscribe