As soon as the US government put Huawei on the trade blacklist, the Chinese company filed its trademark OS Hongmeng cellphone and even began testing it in China. Now, the founder of Huawei said in an interview that Hongmeng OS is ‘very likely’ faster than Google’s Android and Apple’s MacOS. The Chairman of Huawei also revealed that Hongmeng OS was designed to be more flexible because it could run on various devices such as smartphones, routers, and data centers. However, he underlined that the possibility of departure from Android would be a big blow.
Huawei’s founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, recently sat down for an interview with French Magazine Le Point and talked about various topics. When asked whether Huawei’s Hongmeng OS is faster than Android Android and Apple’s MacOS, the answer was “very likely”. Chairman of Huawei, who recently admitted to buying iPhone handsets for family members, added that the Hongmeng OS developed at home was designed to be more flexible than rival operating systems and could run on a variety of devices. Although he did not specify how much speed advantage Hongmeng OS has over Android and macOS, his claims did add fuel to reports that the Huawei solution is around 60 percent faster than Android.
“The system has a processing delay of less than 5 milliseconds. This will be perfectly adapted to the Internet of Things and can also be applied to autonomous driving. We built this system to be able to connect all objects together. This is how we move towards smart societies,” Zhengfei said as quoted by Sina Tech (translated). He added that Hongmeng OS is compatible with smartphones and printed circuit boards, switches, routers and data center computing machines.
However, the founder of Huawei pointed out that it was a ‘big mistake’ on Huawei’s part to compete with Apple and Google, because each of their operating systems had a rich application ecosystem. However, he revealed that Huawei was already working on developing alternative Play Store and App Store and had been working with developers to achieve goals.
To remember, Huawei CEO of Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu, revealed in April that Huawei had developed its own alternative Windows and Android as an emergency plan if there was a ban. Following the US ban, Huawei registered OS Hongmeng’s trademark in at least nine countries and reportedly considered launching to replace Android and Microsoft Windows, with tests that had already begun in China.