Regardless of latest discuss by US President Donald Trump that Huawei’s ban on US tech could be lifted, the Chinese language tech big seems prepared to maneuver forward with its Hong Meng OS different to Android.
Talking with French information website Le Level, Huawei CEO and founder, Ren Zhengfei, mentioned Hong Meng is prone to be 60% quicker than Android, citing a narrative from Chinese language media about Chinese language handset manufacturers Oppo and Vivo testing the brand new OS.
Zhengfei admitted that the corporate presently lacked an alternative choice to the Google Play app retailer and Apple’s App Retailer, however that it’s engaged on one.
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Huawei instructed potential companions final yr that by the tip of 2018 it deliberate to have 50 million Europeans utilizing its personal app retailer, in accordance with paperwork seen by Bloomberg in Might, shortly after the Division of Commerce added Huawei to its entities record, banning US corporations from supplying tech to the corporate.
Apart from its Android different, Huawei would nonetheless have to create in style options to Google’s most important cell apps to attraction to customers each in China and the remainder of the world.
Till the ban is formally lifted by the Division of Commerce, Huawei would not have a lot selection however to press forward with the mysterious Hong Meng, which is reportedly based mostly on Linux.
After Trump’s feedback about lifting the ban on the G20 summit, Huawei mentioned it could watch for steerage from the Division of Commerce.
Reviews final month mentioned Huawei was contemplating utilizing a Russian fork of the Linux-based Sailfish OS from Finnish agency Jolla. Huawei first mentioned its work on a ‘Plan B’ for Android in March, amid the escalating commerce warfare between the US and China.
“As we speak, we’re nonetheless dedicated to Microsoft Home windows and Google Android. But when we can not use that, we’ll put together a plan B to make use of our personal OS,” a Huawei spokesperson instructed ZDNet sister website CNET.
In an interview with Monetary Occasions, Zhengfei denied that being added to the US entities record have would a lot impression on its enterprise because the most superior a part of its operations lies within the chips it makes, reminiscent of its Kirin processors.
Zhengfei additionally talked up its safety of consumer information, claiming it could by no means hand over information to the Chinese language authorities as a result of it could be too dangerous for its status internationally.
“We are going to by no means do such a factor. If I had performed it even as soon as, the US would have proof to unfold around the globe. Then the 170 international locations and areas by which we presently function would cease shopping for our merchandise, and our firm would collapse,” he instructed the Monetary Occasions, in accordance with CNBCTV18.
“After that, who would pay the money owed we owe? Our workers are all very competent, so they might resign and begin their very own corporations, leaving me alone to repay our money owed. I’d quite die.”