Honor Play could come with Kirin OS 1.0, Huawei’s homegrown OS to take on Android

Remember the Honor Play that was teased some days back by Huawei’s sub-division. It was expected to come with a “breakthrough technology” as teased by, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei. Mr. Yu said that the tech was “very scary”. I’m sure he meant the good kind of scary instead of the nightmare-ish one.  This scary stuff could be the new Kirin OS. 

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Following Honor’s official teaser, there was a lot of confusion regarding this “breakthrough technology”. Regardless, none of these statements helped clear the dust. We pointed out in our recent article that it could be Huawei’s own home-brewed OS that would make its debut.

Owing to Huawei Chairman’s comments that the tech was like “flying in the sky” compared to what users are doing right now. The comments didn’t help much in revealing the product, but we have evidence that it could be a new OS.

Kirin OS

What is this Kirin OS? 

A couple of images have made its way on leaks land, Weibo, one of which is a screenshot. As can be seen above, the screenshot clearly shows Kirin OS 1.0 running on the mystery smartphone. The other image seems to be of the unreleased Honor Play branded with the new Kirin OS logo on the home screen. We’re completely in the dark as to the nature of this new OS but it is powered by Linux as shown in the image.

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Obviously, we’re not jumping to any conclusions just yet. It is quite possible that images like these have been created by photo artists as is the case with many leaks. However, this is food for thought. The Honor Play is also expected to bring a 4D gaming experience to the masses, whatever that means. It launches on June 6th.


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