Not to worry: Hongmeng OS is not Huawei's Android replacement

But as it turns out, the OS that's being developed by Huawei isn't meant to be an alternative to Android.

Credit: Mykola Churpita/ShutterstockHuawei board member and Senior Vice President Catherine Chen said in a Brussels meeting on Thursday that the company's Hongmeng operating system (OS) was never designed for smartphones, or even any consumer product at all, Xinhuanet reported. Its lightness and low-latency made it ideal for those purposes. Huawei will instead be continuing to use Google's Android OS.

Huawei didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to Chen, the company's Hongmeng operating system is not an alternative to Android, but has been designed for "industrial use". The OS was reportedly named HongMeng OS (with tentative plans to rename it Ark OS in future) and was already in its testing phase with acceptance from major tech players in the Chinese space. The executive said the in-house platform also had extremely low latency compared to a mobile operating system.

Huawei is one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the world, and has been one of the most-talked-about companies in the tech news space for the past several years. Without Android, Huawei could potentially lose most of its overseas market share, Mo Jia, an analyst with market research firm Canalys, previously told Business Insider.

Last month, some reports claimed that Huawei had filed applications in at least nine countries to trademark its mobile OS. President Trump also said United States companies would be allowed to work with Huawei again after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Japan, but did not share additional details.