Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has provided more details about the company’s upcoming Android replacement OS, HongMeng.
Speaking to French outlet Le Point, Zhengfei boasted of HongMeng’s speed. Zhengfei claims the new OS has a processing delay of under five milliseconds and that it will be faster than Android or even macOS.
Developer understands Huawei has been working on its alternative OS since a 2012 US investigation into the company and fellow Chinese firm ZTE. Huawei was said to be happy with its Google relationship and planned to continue using Android, but recent US government actions have made the company reconsider.
Zhengfei is aware of the task ahead of his company in competing against Android with its more than 2.5 billion active devices (as of May 2019). However, losing Huawei – the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer – would also have a big impact on the Android ecosystem.
The new OS from Huawei isn’t designed just to replace Android. Huawei has plans to use HongMeng for a variety of connected devices including routers, circuit boards, data centres, and even autonomous vehicles.
Richard Yu, Huawei Consumer Business CEO, recently said the new OS will be “open to mobile phones, computers, tablets, TVs, cars and smart wearable devices," and "compatible with all Android applications and all web applications."
HongMeng is rumoured to support Android apps but, without access to the Google Play Store, it could be cumbersome for the average user.
In recent weeks, Huawei is said to have begun reaching out to developers with apps on the Play Store to request they also publish in Huawei’s alternative, AppGallery. A leaked email shared on XDA Developers claims AppGallery has a 560,000-strong developer community.
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