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Huawei's self-developed operating system, what is going on?

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Huawei was again attacked by the operating system of the company's "mdash;—" and so on. Why do I have to say it again?

recently"South China Morning Post"Reported the latest news from Huawei's self-developed operating system. According to its disclosure, they have been confirmed by four people familiar with Huawei's plan, and Huawei has been "developing and improving its own smartphone operating system".

One of them also stated that this plan started after the investigation of ZTE in the United States in 2012 and is not just a mobile operating system. Huawei is also developing its own tablet PC and PC operating system.

The source also stated that this project was initiated by Ren Zhengfei and has never been interrupted because it is seen as a "worst case scenario" strategic investment. The reason why this system has not yet been released is that it lacks third-party applications and is not as good as Android.

Of course, with Huawei's consistent style, such things can only be denied.The company told the newsThe focus is still on the Android operating system products; take an open attitude toward mobile OS.


Huawei is not the first company to develop a mobile OS in the Android (and iOS)-dominated market, not even the first Chinese company.

Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile is currently the best in the world. There is about a few percent of the global market share, and the built-in services can still be used. However, in terms of popularity, many people's first reaction will be Samsung's Tizen launched in 2012. From cell phones to watches to smart TVs, it is a sensation. In China, thanks to Alibaba behind it, YunOS was once quite influential, and it has been stationed in Meizu and other companies for several generations of mobile phones.

As for other less well-known Firefox OS, Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish OS, it may be recalled by heavy readers of technology news.

As for their results, not all operating systems have survived like Windows 10 Mobile, and some have turned into IoT operating systems, and some have simply been shut down by companies. The reasons for their death can be summarized in many versions, but the core is not perfect ecology.

Here is a classic case of YunOS: It copies an Android open source file, replaces the underlying layer with its own, and adds compatibility to existing Android applications. The Android founder, Andy Rubin, who was still working at Google at the time, accused YunOS of being an "incompatible Android open-source version." Basically, he accused him of stealing/abusing open source software. When Acer was blocked by Google on the upcoming YunOS device, no one else used YunOS again.


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Software ecology is the paradox of operating systems.

Take the mobile phone operating system as an example. Regarding R&D, although an operating system is difficult, it cannot be done. After all, young people like Google can make Android bigger and stronger under the nose of Apple and Microsoft. Chinese technology companies can't do it for three years, and five years are enough.

On the design, many operating systems you don't know are not bad. For example, Palm's classic PDA brand built-in webOS, a lot of user interface design have been iOS & ldquo; learning “ away;

On software development, the Intel-dominated MeeGo system can be said to be very friendly to development, even the QT direction chosen by Nokia Belle, who was renamed before his death, is a cross-platform application development framework —— also very conceptually advanced. And with the development of cost-effective;

On user base …… not to mention Saipan, it is estimated that even BlackBerry has a lot to say.

The success of the operating system is better than that of a person who has a stronger development capability, a better design and concept, and even the amount of existing users cannot be an absolute guarantee. The most representative one is Windows 10 Mobile, and one is Saipan. The former is too anti-human and the development cost is too high. The latter is too late. The developer has been retained by both iOS and Android platforms. ;

Used Saipan people should be able to recall the fear of installing software that year. In fact, for software developers, uploading a software is a more terrifying experience. At that time, when developers uploaded the App to the official Ovi Store, they had to sign and verify the software. This operation may cost hundreds of euros each time, and each review only gives feedback on one issue. Often, one software needs to be repeated several times before being put on the shelf. Thousands of renminbi.

Ecology is a very big and somewhat embarrassing word that covers all these dimensions. However, in fact, ecology is not difficult to explain. Take Android and iOS as examples, ecology is to let developers develop quality-appropriate applications so that users are willing to pay bills, and then developers can make money and they are willing to continue to develop. After the success of Android and iOS, it is too difficult to create a new mobile operating system, mainly because there is no ecology that can make the new operating system survive.

For the ecological issue, Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei's consumer business, faced in August 2014.Interview with The Wall Street JournalWhen said:

Designing a new operating system is easy, but the problem lies in creating a supporting ecosystem.

The interesting thing here is that before this sentence, Yu Chengdong said:

We also did not plan to build our own operating system.

Huawei OS lived in the news

The PingWest product search query found that Huawei's operating system may be under development. The only reliable message occurred 6 years ago.Face ReutersHuawei, former CEO of Huawei’s terminal division, stated:

We will also invest resources to develop telephone operating systems based on our current platform to prevent other companies from letting us use their systems one day.

If you are concerned about Huawei, you should feel very familiar with hearing this sentence. This can be said to be a well-known Quotations from Renshi.

Other unconfirmed messages are more numerous. We have found two key messages cited in many reports: Weibo broke the news and "Kylin OS".

About microblogging broke, is the bottom of the screenshot:


The Weibo was deleted shortly after its release and the user is currently unable to find it.

Huawei's microblogging user @Starry_wang, certified by Huawei's R&D senior engineer, said that Huawei's mobile OS has been researched for several years since 2012, but it's not yet time for it.

Interestingly, at the 2018 Huawei Global Analyst Conference recently held in Shenzhen, Huawei's rotating chairman, Chairman Xu Zhijun, stated that Huawei's strategy is very clear. We are cooperating with supply partners to innovate to meet future product demand while promoting supply diversification. We will not invest in screens, RAM or flash memory, focusing on what we are good at. Each company's business model is different. Each company can play well in its own field and continue to face the future. ”

Then we start with "Kylin OS". This name is a very interesting name, because China has a desktop operating system based on FreeBSD "Kinglin" (Kylin OS) in the early years, and Huawei legend is "Kirin OS", and its self-developed mobile SoC with the same name.

This name is not in line with Huawei's ideological consciousness, of course, more interesting is the source: Baidu Post Bar.

According to PingWest’s search for domestic and foreign media, this tier should initially appear in a screenshot of Baidu Post Bar. The original post has also not been found, but fortunately there are domestic media to save the key picture.


“Processor and Software Packaged Together” Product Description

From the figure we can see that a netizen who seems to have a traditional Mars online name has revealed the two products after Huawei in QQ and has brought out the name “Kylin OS”, and will "The processor and the software are packaged together", and finally comes with the safety of Amway's handset models currently sold by Huawei.

When the information finds this, the story seems to have unlocked something. The two broke news were quoted by Chinese and foreign media, and then the Chinese and foreign media continued to cite, translate and authenticate each other. such asDigital TrendsQuotedGizmoChinaThe report "Mdash;" and everyone did not verify the original source. What's more, this kind of chat with the QQ group couldn't prove the true and false identity of the source.

In this way, "Kylin OS" as the title of the snake, continue to "grace" & "going down" … estimates will "" chant & rdquo; longer time.

Ren Zhengfei’s crisis awareness

Recently, ZTE has been severely hit by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and it is very likely that mobile phones will no longer be allowed to use Android. Although sales are completely out of one order of magnitude, Huawei has every reason to feel a bit cool about what happened to ZTE. This may be a bit of a grudge, but in the style of Ren Zhengfei, he dominated the current mobile market Android and iOS, and the rise of China caused Chinese companies to face the United States increasingly harsh treatment of the fact that it is impossible to detect the crisis.

On September 11th, 2012, an article titled "Ren Zhengfei's "2012 Lab" full text exposure wrote:

Li Jinxi (Director, Terminal OS Development): I come from the Euler Lab at the Central Software Institute and is responsible for building the terminal operating system capabilities for the consumer BG. Currently, in the terminal OS area, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 8 are three pillars, forming their own ecosystems. The window of opportunity for other terminal OSs is already very small. What are the company's expectations and requirements for terminal operating systems?

Ren Zhengfei: If all three operating systems give Huawei an equal right, then our operating system is not needed. Why can't we use other people's advantages?

…… We are now doing terminal operating system is out of strategic considerations, if they suddenly broke our food, Android system is not for me, Windows Phone 8 system is not for me, we are not stupid Alright? In the same way, when we were doing high-end chips, I did not oppose you buying high-end chips from the United States. I think you should use their high-end chips as much as possible to understand it. Only when they do not sell to us, our things are a little inferior, and we have to make do with them.

We don't want to be narrow, we do the operating system, and it is the same reason as doing high-end chips. It is mainly to let others allow us to use instead of breaking our food. When we have broken our food, the backup system must be able to use it.

What needs to be clear is that Huawei has never admitted the authenticity of this report. However, the content has become the standard public relations reply for many things in Huawei's future. For example, the previous interview with Wan Qiang was like a retelling of the content of this conversation. Even Xu Zhijun’s response can see the shadow of Ren Zhengfei’s thoughts.


Huawei Founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei

In comparison with time, it seems that all news reports point to Huawei's operating system and R&D began in 2012. This time is right. Let's take a look at the information on Weibo. I feel that the content and time of Ren Zhengfei are also very close. And the "South China Morning Post" learned this time, "Ren Zhengfei led" and "worst case" seems to be able to use this certification.

At the beginning of September 2012, Ren Zhengfei said internally that he needs to conduct self-research in case of any unexpected events.

At the end of September 2012, Reuters interviewed Wan Hao for the same argument

In mid-May 2015, the news of Baidu Post Bar triggered reports from Chinese and foreign media

In mid-December 2015, Weibo users broke the news and caused media reports "proof" & rdquo;

At the end of April 2018, the South China Morning Post claimed that Huawei had its own operating system.

Huawei's operating system is constantly being reported and proved. Although it can be known so far and there is no difference: Ren Zhengfei led, independent research and development, strategic investment, Huawei does not recognize.

The existence of such a product within Huawei is logically plausible. After all, for Huawei's volume and technology accumulation, developing one or several platforms of operating systems can still be accomplished. In Huawei's 2012 laboratory, the orientation of the Shannon and Euler laboratories is also the direction of the operating system.

However, Huawei should also be aware of these systems. At least for now, there is no opportunity for competition. Therefore, the purpose of this system is likely to be as a defense barrier. For example, apply for some patents to protect yourself. For example, prevent Android from falling and there is no new open source system.

So when is the right time? Here is a bold guess that Huawei's systems may have opportunities in other areas (including but not limited to the Internet of Things, smart homes, smart speakers, car-mounted vehicles, etc.). The common ground in these fields is cutting-edge, the market is under development, and user education is nearing completion. It seems that there is an opportunity to rely on multi-platform linkage to counterattack the mature operating system market.

Imagine if you are surrounded by products that are all Huawei vehicles, or Huawei provides the underlying technology (like HomeKit/Carplay, or Google's side of the standard), do you mind buying a little ecological application It means, but what about the Huawei OS phone that controls other devices?

After all, we use those apps every day.


Recalling the report of the South China Morning Post, in fact, the report is still a bit reliable. For example, the remarks made by Zhao Ming, President of Glory, and Brian Ma, Vice President of IDC, cited in the article have some reference value.

At the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing, Zhao Ming stated to the "Operating System" question: "This is a question of capabilities and needs." Huawei is capable of doing, but at present I think this is not necessary because We work closely with Google and will continue to use its Android system. ”

And Brian Ma, vice president of technology research firm IDC, believes that even if they have already developed something, the key issue is whether Google services are available. If not, its application ecosystem will seriously hinder users outside of China. , similar to Windows Phone, Tizen, and other mobile operating systems that are difficult to implement. ”

Both of these people mentioned that Google is an ecological country. Google's ecological part is Android, but on the whole it is also a super important part of the entire Internet, such as Gmail, YouTube, etc., needless to say.

So, the topic has returned to ecology——why should I say another thing?

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