Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s terminal business, said that it can be 100% purely made in China and does not require American components. He even emphasized that Huawei’s Hongmeng system has been on par with Android and iOS. However, this Hongmeng system, which he is proud of, is suspected by Chinese netizens that it is not made in China, but a shelled version of Android. Some netizens tried to change the language of their mobile phones to English, but later found that the display on the mobile phone was actually “Android System”.
A netizen uploaded a video on a Chinese video-sharing website titled “I found the hard evidence that the Hongmeng mobile phone is not an Android shell”. The video shows him changing the phone’s language from Chinese to English. On the mobile phone, the Chinese version shows the location of “Harmony OS”, while the English version shows “Android System”.
Many Chinese netizens believe that this is an ironclad proof that Huawei’s Hongmeng system has been replaced with an Android system. Some netizens also expressed disappointment, thinking that Huawei deceived the Chinese.
But in fact, Huawei has always said that the company’s Hongmeng system has two versions. The Hongmeng operating system on Huawei phones and tablets is a modified version of Android. The “True Hongmeng System” developed by Huawei is applied to TVs, speakers and other IoT devices.