Huawei may have received a green light from US President Donald Trump to once again conduct business with American companies like Google, but it seems the Chinese tech giant is moving ahead with its plans to release its own operating system, called Hongmeng OS. In a recent interview with a French weekly magazine, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei said that Hongmeng OS is faster than Android as well as Apple’s macOS.
Zhengfei added that Hongmeng OS aka Ark OS will have a broader application compared to Android. What he means by this is that Huawei’s custom operating system will not only be used on smartphones but on routers, network switches, tablets, computers and data centers. Essentially, Huawei means to create a singular operating system for all of its products.
A few weeks ago, it was reported after some internal testing that Hongmeng OS was supposedly 60 per cent faster than Google’s Android. Zhengfei also said that its new OS would be faster than macOS by offering a processing delay of “less than 5 milliseconds.” He added that Hongmeng OS would be “perfectly adapted to the Internet of Things and can also be applied to autonomous driving.”
While the Huawei CEO remains confident and optimistic about its operating system, he also admitted that Huawei made mistakes in competing with Google and Android, saying, “Compared with Apple’s operating system or Android, we still lack a good application ecosystem.” To fix this, Zhengfei said that the company is working on an Android and Apple App Store alternative and is trying to attract developers for the same.
Ever since Trump softened the US ban on Huawei, it has been unclear whether future Huawei phones will run on Android or Hongmeng OS. Huawei said earlier this month that it is waiting for the US Department of Commerce to release guidelines for the re-use of Android. Simultaneously, the company is already testing Hongmeng OS in its phones in China. The next big launches for Huawei this year is the Mate X and Mate 30 series and it’s unclear what operating system they will run on.