09 July 2019
It seems like Huawei has accelerated proceedings related to its own operating system developments and market release. A new report a Chinese publication Global Times claims that HongMeng OS is currently under intense testing with major partners including Tencent, Oppo, and Vivo. There are also different domestic vendors which have been enrolled as beta testers.
Huawei and Tencent have reportedly teamed up for further developments and testing of the new OS. As for Oppo and Vivo, these two major Chinese smartphone makers have sent their respective teams to test the new software. But the more interesting claim included in the report is that Huawei's OS is said to be 60% faster than Android. This is undoubtedly a huge claim and could prove to be vital for the success of the new OS but since the comparison criteria have not been mentioned, we are currently reluctant to believe the speed claim.
Another report that is coming from the China Daily website is that Huawei has shipped a total of 1 million devices running HongMeng OS. The data is said to have been shared by a firm called Rosenblatt Securities but it does not offer details regarding what kind of devices are these. In other words, it is unknown whether these are market-ready devices or only meant for internal testing purposes.
The same report further adds that Huawei's OS is compatible with all the Android apps. It means even if the OS and default app store does not have any particular app, it can be installed manually. Alternatively, it is also working on inviting developers to port their apps to the AppGallery app store. It also has "increased security functions to protect personal data" which has not been detailed.
If we go by what we have known so far, Huawei's new OS is expected to arrive within 2019 but there have been different reports suggesting different timelines. Some suggest it could happen alongside the Huawei Mate 30 series launch but some also speculated a separate unveiling. But one thing that needs to be kept in mind is that Huawei has plans of releasing its own OS only for the instance when it might lose access to Google's Android and apps/services.
Huawei is currently making use of Android updates and Google apps via the temporary license it has received due to 90-day reprieve offered by the government. On another hand, Google is also doing its bit to get an exemption from the ban so that it can continue working with Huawei.