"We don't want to launch a product to destroy our reputation", it told CNBC.
Apart from helping China show off its might, launching a self-developed OS will enable Huawei to guard against potential severe erosion in its smartphone share in overseas markets.
"The Mate X was always going to come later than Samsung's Galaxy Fold, but the Korean phone-maker's problems have certainly given Huawei more breathing space", said Ben Wood from CCS Insight. Samsung has fixed these issues since they were first revealed, and reports say the vendor is already testing them, but Samsung is still not ready to announce a new release date for the Galaxy Fold.
Huawei has not yet revealed the details about its OS but the applications to trademark the operating system show that it wants to use Hongmeng for gadgets ranging from smartphones and portable computers to robots and auto televisions.
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The United States is seeking sweeping changes, including an end to forced technology transfers and theft of U.S. trade secrets. By contrast, he said, China President Xi Jinping's effective control over the country's monetary policy gives it an advantage.
Although, even with support for Android apps, it will only be able to use third-party app stores such as Huawei's App Gallery.
He added that Huawei has prepared for this eventuality and has certain backup plans in place to continue its operations as normal should the U.S. prove uncooperative. We now have our answer - Huawei's foldable smartphone.
HongMeng is at least 60 percent faster than Android, the report notes.
Hongmeng is based on the version of Android that is publicly available via open-source licensing and is mainly meant for phones, Pang said.
The delay comes as Huawei phones face being cut off from updates of Google's Android operating system in the wake of a USA blacklist prohibiting American companies from doing business with the Chinese firm.
Huawei, for sure, will face a challenge to build an ecosystem once it launches its OS, as getting all worldwide app developers on board to tweak their products for the new Chinese platform won't be too easy.