Huawei smartphones, the news of the new operating system

Acumen features of Huawei's new operating system have been leaked online: it will have a new unlock interface and widgets will be added on the screen

While waiting to see what the U.S. Administration will decide, which at the moment keeps Huawei in the balance by not pulling it off the black list, but simply suspending the ban, the Chinese giant continues to develop and test its alternative operating system to Android: HongMeng or, if you prefer the international name, Ark.

Huawei is recruiting new testers to unearth the flaws of the mobile OS and develop its features. Some of these testers, however, have a longer tongue than Huawei would like, and one of them even leaked some news to the Huawei Central site. Or, perhaps, it was Huawei itself that leaked the news, to tell the world that HongMeng is almost ready to replace Android on the Chinese giant's smartphones. Either way, it makes little difference: the tester told Huawei Central the main differences of the HongMeng version of EMUI from the Android version, which is already known and used by millions of users. Here are the main ones.

Huawei HongMeng: main changes

On Huawei's new mobile operating system, the phone unlock UI has been slightly modified, with a new animation and some customizable options. Support for the Always on Display (AOD) has also been extended: it can now show widgets, notifications and reminders and has a new lock screen. The icons have been redesigned, new animations and faster and smoother transitions have been added while the search bar has been enlarged. The default sound for notifications has also changed, while the camera app interface has been simplified compared to the one already seen on the Huawei P30.

HongMeng is not ready yet

It should also be mentioned, however, that the smartphone OS developed by Huawei is not yet ready for the market: some UI elements are missing entirely or are not clickable, for example. Theoretically, HongMeng/Ark should be launched together with the Huawei Mate 30 smartphone, expected in the last quarter of 2019 in China and the first quarter of 2020 in the rest of the world, including Italy. The time to thoroughly develop the new OS is there, then, also considering the fact that according to reports circulated in early June there would already be in circulation (in China) over a million devices with the HongMeng beta installed for testing. These are not only smartphones from Huawei, but also from Xiaomi, Oppo, Tencent and Vivo.