Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
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Huawei's New Operating System Is Insanely Fast Versus Android

Huawei's New Operating System Is Insanely Fast Versus Android

As per news.mydrivers, Huawei's proprietary HongMengOS is expected to ship on almost 225 million devices by the end of this year if the report is to be believed.

Andrew Williamson, vice president of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's public affairs and communications, said in an interview that the company will "presumably" trademark Hongmeng, which he said has likely been rolled out to a million devices in China.

Huawei wants to release Hongmeng early next year after facing a blacklisting by the USA government. Since then, the company has been racing to figure out how to deal with the US-led opposition which threatens to cut it off from parts suppliers to, arguably worst of all, Google - which means existing Huawei smartphones couldn't get Android updates or security fixes, and new Huawei smartphones would not have access to Android or the Google Play Store at all. It's supposed to serve as a universal operating system replacing both Android and Windows, albeit running Android apps has become a priority for the company.

Huawei's Richard Yu was quoted as saying that the HongMengOS is "prepared to be installed on mobile phones, computers, tablets, TVs, cars, wearables and everything else you can install an OS on". The countries include Peru, Cambodia, Canada, South Korea, and New Zealand, Reuters said, citing data from UN World Intellectual Property Organisation.

Looking at the activity, it seems clear Huawei is stepping up efforts to reduce its reliance on Google for provision of software for devices, and launch its own system. HongMeng is at least 60 percent faster than Android, the report notes. A Tianfeng Securities analyst thinks an October release is on the cards, but at least at first, Huawei could keep the OS exclusive to low-end devices, as its features may not initially meet the needs of high-end users outside of China.

For the initial stages, Huawei is said to focus mainly on the budget smartphone segment with its own OS.

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. Giant firms, including Samsung, Amazon, and Microsoft, have tried and failed to take on the smartphone duopoly of Android and Apple's iOS.

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