When America banned companies from working with Huawei – as a part of the ongoing trade war with China, many people saw – a big name that appeared was Google. With potential restrictions on the future use of Android, Huawei’s plan B – attracted attention to its own operating system – HongMeng.
In a report of Global Times, an English-language newspaper in China, the Hongmeng OS of Huawei – possibly called the Arc OS when it comes to the market – has been demonstrated and it is 60 percent faster than Android.
We will take this figure with a pinch of salt: there is nothing about the merit of how this speed is measured and what it means in the words of the real world.
What is perhaps more interesting is that names are being included. Global Times says Oppo and Vivo – two big Chinese vendors – have sent teams to test the new operating system “. Currently, all these manufacturers use Google’s Android on top with their own products and services.
Among these three companies – Huawei, Oppo, Vivo – you have a huge piece in the Chinese market as well as in the global markets, especially in Asia. A report from China Daily also states that the HongMeng OS has shipped over 1 million devices, which are being circulated for testing.
HongMeng OS has the information to work with all Android apps, but it includes increased options to protect personal data. In order to provide alternative avenues in Google’s Play Store, Huawei is also asked to encourage app developers to use their own AppGallery.
Huawei has secured second place in global smartphone shipments – only Samsung has maintained an edge – and it seems that the Chinese company has no intention of lying to America’s ban. Developing an option for Android is well-running. While in Asia it can be accepted quickly, it is a very challenging task to re-assure the Western markets on a different platform.
At present, Huawei has Google’s support till August only – and with Huawei Mate 30 in the pipeline, this is going to be an interesting in a few months.