I'm really excited about what Huawei will bring to the table, and what assurances it will make in terms of privacy.
China doesn't have a spotless track record in the matter, but neither does the US.
That's why I'm really excited to see where they will take this, the "more privacy than Android"-way, or the "We'll collect just as much". Because I think there's more to gain from going the former route.
Going the privacy route makes sense for e.g. Apple because it's a moat they can dig that Google can not follow. For the same reason that Google can't follow -reputation-, however, Huawei can't either. Too many of the people for whom privacy would be a selling point do not trust China or companies with ties to China.
They might be able to pull it off, but it's an uphill battle, so I wouldn't expect them to try.
Edit: OK, it's not exactly* the same reason as Google, as Google is practically unable to build privacy-preserving features without harming their primary revenue streams, whereas China might not force Huawei to not build privacy-protecting features. They do share a reputation problem though.
Going purely by target markets, I don't see how being privacy-focused would benefit them. The vocal minority that actually really cares about this is pretty small so it's not like that would net them any kind of real income.
I'd be very surprised if Huawei build a privacy focused OS.
Xaiomi are basically the only global competitors for an android privacy phone against Pixels. What makes you think Huawei couldn't do it?
Because Huawei is based in China.
There's literally an article on the frontpage right now that talks about how WeChat (also based in China) is heavily censored, moderated, and how people have been arrested for things they said in "private" chats.
Why? In contrast to Google they are not in the advertising business.
They are however headquartered in China which has much more privacy-intrusive policies/demands.
Chinese megacorps are in the funneling money and info to the CCP business.
Data is the new oil.
> what assurances it will make in terms of privacy
The Chinese government will ensure no privacy will actually exist.
'Hong' as in 'red'
'Meng' as in 'dream'
That's quite a name!
I thought the same (would be perfect match actually), but it's 鸿蒙 (hong2meng2).
鸿 hong2 can mean wild goose or writing/correspondence
蒙 meng2/meng1 can mean a few things, to cover (2), to fool (1), stupid (2).
So maybe to cover all aspects of correspondence? I'm not sure if this sense of cover applies here though. That would at least make some sense. To fool would be wrong according to the indicated pinyin tones on the wikipedia page.
Its meaning is surprisingly well documented: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Meng.
Huawei has filed plenty of other trademarks using names from ancient Chinese texts.
The wikipedia page is really bad. Just forget about it.
> "Ah," said Big Concealment, "you are too far gone! Up, up, stir yourself and be off!" Alok Ranjan was also involved as prime lead.
Where is this Alok Ranjan coming from??!!
Anyway, I don't know why Huawei used this name but I guess it refers to the beginning of the world from a primordial form, which an OS kind of is. Or maybe it refers to Daoist/Zhuangzi literatures on how the world should be governed, which also relates to an OS.
Alok Ranjan appears to be spam: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hong_Meng&diff=89...
So someone ser up scripts to post CV sounding tidbits completely random wiki pages in an effort to do some jobhunting SEO? That’s hilarious! Also Rok Aljan Was involved as prime lead.
Big Goose Dummy - perfect name for an os.
A lot of companies do in China, makes for some cool names
盘古 sort of originator of earth character
春秋 warring period in China
补天 rebuilding the skies
Ah I was on a different Wikipedia page about the OS, that only mentioned the name.
Ah, thanks, quite a nice name, perhaps, thanks for your child comment to the Wikipedia article for some background.
> a metaphor for the "primordial world, primeval chaos" in Chinese creation myths.
> "Mists-of-Chaos", "Vast Obscurity", "Big Concealment", "Vital Principle", "Natural Energy" and "Big Goose Dummy"
I can't quite escape the pun, however. And puns are pretty prevalent in Chinese. Someone will have OKed it.
>I can't quite escape the pun, however. And puns are pretty prevalent in Chinese. Someone will have OKed it.
The tones are at least slightly different 鸿蒙 2/2 and 红梦 2/4, but I also think they might have done it for that reason.
That's a good name to assuage fears /s
As others have pointed out, it comes from Chinese/Taoist mythology and refers to a character. It's like if we chose a name from a character in Roman or Greek mythology.
As many such Chinese names it is not that easy to translate, and like in Roman/Greek mythology the idea is linked to what the character did.
Imagine having to support iOS, Android and Hongmeng.
I suspect HongMeng will be very close to Android.
Is that much worse than supporting Mac OS, Linux and Windows on the desktop?
Cross platform SDKs are more mature on the desktop than on mobile, so doing the same on the desktop should be easier.
The more mobile OSs we get the more likely we will develop better cross platform support.
Which is also good to break the iOS/Android duopoly.
Microsoft already tried to do that with their Windows Phone operating systems, and they weren't particularly successful even with some pretty big efforts on their part.
They went as far as making it possible to run android binaries on Windows Phone (Project Astoria). They also made Visual Studio able to compile Objective-C code so it could make iOS codebases into apps for Windows Phone (Windows Bridge for iOS)
Some programs even support BSD as well
I imagine the tooling will just get better to the point where its like electron, you don't even think about what OS the user is running.
I look forward to a future where we can enjoy Electron-like efficiency on our battery and storage constrained devices.
I must assume you are sarcastic, unless perhaps you are talking about efficiency on an a different scale than the one I'm thinking of (which would be battery life and storage). Can you elaborate?
There is an easy solution: don't support Hongmeng. It's not like your IP will be respected anyway.
I wonder if this is being done just to gain leverage in negotiations with Google and U.S.
It is a massive project that has been years in the making.
That just shows they had the foresight to start a long time ago. It could be the case that they never intended to actually use their own OS but thought they might need one as leverage in the future, and that's the situation they're in now.
They did state that a year ago.
Good luck to them. Microsoft, Samsung, Blackberry tried it and failed. Blackberry even had their own OS before Android took over.
Blackberry was quite successful with their own OS for a long time. It's mostly because people picked bigger screens over the full QWERTY keyboard (which I still kind of miss) of Blackberry.
It is hard to fight against free beer.
From the article - it sounds similar to sailfish or bb10:
The Huawei OS is based on a microkernel that is light and can react quickly to adjustments and batches, according to the people with knowledge. Huawei engineers on the OS project have also studied Android and Apple’s iOS closely to learn from them.
One of the biggest technical challenges for the Huawei OS under development has been its compatibility with Android, one of the sources said. Compatibility would enable a Huawei phone with its own OS to download and run Android apps seamlessly. Having a successful compatibility layer with Android would also mean that app developers around the world would not need to develop extra code for Huawei’s OS.
it tells a lot that most major manufactures have a post-android backup plan, including Google
I hope US companies shamelessly copy Huawei's tech and ignore the trademark