15 July 2019
Ever since the U.S. announced a trade ban on Huawei, reports related to it building an Android alternative operating system have increased significantly. There have been claims that HongMeng OS is up to 60% faster than Android and now, we have some official words on the same. Huawei co-founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei has said that HongMeng OS is likely to be faster than Google's Android and Apple's macOS.
Zhengfei talked about Huawei's own OS in an exclusive conversation with a French magazine Le Point. He revealed that HongMeng OS is not only about being a smartphone OS and an Android alternative. It said that it is essentially a platform that can power a wide range of devices including network switches, routers, data centers, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and autonomous vehicles among others.
It means it can be a single OS for all sorts of devices with "smart" capabilities. It is further to said have speed and performance improvements as compared to Android. But Zhengfei is not writing off Google and Apple completely as he agrees that those two have a huge ecosystem of apps. This is the reason Huawei is also working on attracting developers to create more and more apps for the operating system.
Le Point quotes Zhengfei as saying,
"The system has a processing delay of less than 5 milliseconds. It will be perfectly adapted to the Internet of Things and can also be applied to autonomous driving. We built this system in order to be able to connect all objects simultaneously. This is how we move towards a smart society."
Since Huawei has been facing questions related to security and user privacy, Zhengfei also touched upon the topic. He said that Huawei sees Apple as its role model when it comes to dealing with privacy issues. He added that Huawei would never provide user data to the Chinese government as the data is owned by the user, not the company.
"We will never do such a thing. If I had done it even once, the US would have evidence to spread around the world. Then the 170 countries and regions in which we currently operate would stop buying our products, and our company would collapse. After that, who would pay the debts we owe? Our employees are all very competent, so they would resign and start their own companies, leaving me alone to pay off our debts. I would rather die.”