Huawei Delays Foldable Phone Launch

Oh no now the foldable Huawei Mate X is also delayed

Oh no now the foldable Huawei Mate X is also delayed

Even after seven years of secret development, Huawei's homebrewed Hongmeng OS is reportedly far from ready for primetime, and although recent tests may have shown the platform to be significantly faster than Android, actually replacing it on commercial devices with no help or official support from Google looks like a distant dream.

As per reports, "Huawei is reportedly intensively testing its proprietary operating system (OS) HongMeng with internet giants and domestic smartphone vendors, and the new system will be launched in the next few months".

Huawei Technologies is delaying the release of its foldable smartphone from June to September, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer division, told CNBC that: "We are still committed to Microsoft Windows and Google Android".

The US has accused Huawei of exploiting cyber infrastructure on behalf of China's ruling Communist Party while threatening to curb intelligence co-operation with any country that allows Huawei equipment to be used in its own networks. Huawei is the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world and that position too could be in jeopardy. Named Ark OS (Hongmeng OS in China), this will power Huawei's smartphone going forward. Huawei submitted its trademark application to the European Union Intellectual Property Office and South Korea on May 14, a few days after the United States threatened to include the company in its trade blacklist. Huawei reportedly already got its trademark approved in China since past year.

The Finnish company in 2017 secured a new investment to launch the Sailfish China Consortium as part of an effort to build a Chinese version of Sailfish and an alternative to Android.

Peru's Indecopi has said it needs more information from Huawei before it can register a trademark for Hongmeng.

The company is also looking at the Indian smartphone market which has touched 450 million smartphone users and has a great potential to grow. The agency did not give details on the documents it had sought, but said Huawei had up to nine months to respond.

Zak Doffman, CEO and founder of Digital Barriers, assesses the situation i.e. discussions of a possible transition as part of the effort that would decouple the supply chain of Chinese tech companies from USA suppliers and licences.