05 August 2019
If you have been following the Huawei saga since the announcement of the U.S. ban, you already know that there are various questions looming over the company's smartphone business operations. One of the most common questions is related to the future of software support for existing and upcoming Huawei phones in the absence of Android. It has been reported to be working on its own operating system called HongMeng OS and now, it has started urging developers to create apps for the same.
Xiao Ran, Huawei's VP of Strategy and Industry Development, has announced plans of making Ark compiler open source officially by the end of August. He made the announcement while speaking at the China Open Source Summit 2019. He also used the platform to invite developers and urged them to create apps for HongMeng OS.
The community of developers and Huawei's OS team is said to be Ark of Friends Circle. He said that the team is committed to creating a "fair, open, healthy and win-win global ecosystem". It is not surprising to see Huawei trying to convince developers for releasing apps for the operating system. It is a well-known fact that any OS is as popular as the number and types of apps it has on offer. One can build a great OS but if there are lack of apps, not many people would be interested in using it just because of the performance and features.
Huawei has claimed that Ark compiler is significantly more efficient than Android. It can result in much smoother performance with faster app launch times. All these claims will surely be put to test once HongMeng OS becomes public. There have been different reports claiming different release timelines which makes it hard to share any concrete information for now.