There was a time when Android and iOS ruled the operating system sphere but that is soon going to change. Samsung had been striving hard to come up with its very own Tizen operating system and has even implemented the same in some of its smartphones. Next in line is Huawei which is all set to launch its self-developed mobile operating system which will hit the market in June. This shall happen before the ban imposed by United States gets fully functional from August onwards.
News of the same was first shared by TechRadar which spoke with the managing director and vice president of Huawei Enterprise Business Group Middle East, Alaa Elshimy. He pointed out that the operating system of Huaweo, also known as “HongMeng” as per its internal code will be deployed in the coming month. Elshimy pointed out to TechRadar that, “We did not want to bring the OS to the market as we had a strong relationship with Google and others and did not want to ruin the relationship.” He further added that, “Now, we are rolling it out next month.”
Various features of this much-hyped operating system were also confirmed by Elshimy in this meeting. For starters, he revealed that it will be termed as Ark OS post launch. This is expected to support Android apps natively and will thus come in as a breather as developers won’t be required to create the new version. Claims regarding the same was previously made in a Weibo post by Caijing, a Chinese magazine. The post had made assumptions about the capability of Huawei’s operating system to download and run Android apps in a native fashion directly from the Huawei AppGallery.
The operating system is also expected to be adequately flexible for being used by computers, smartphones, TVs, tablets as well as cars. This can provide its users with greater freedom of choice. App developers will not be required to make significant tweaks for porting their applications to this new operating system which is expected to boost up its acceptability amongst masses. This is especially true in the case of app developers who wish to try out the new operating system without having to undergo any drastic change.
One of the biggest advantages of Android is its large plethora of applications. High flexibility level of Huawei makes it easier for users to keep using their favorite applications. However, recompiling an app for operating in this brand-new operating system will boost up the performance by 60%. Thus, the performance of un-customized Android applications will be comparatively less than any other Android phone.
Reasons Behind Huawei Coming Up With Its Exclusive Operating System
This alternative to Android is bound to come off as very important for Huawei due to the following reasons:
- Accusations of involving the Chinese government as well as espionage have been doing rounds for quite some time. Such charges have led the second largest global mobile manufacturer to be placed in the “Entity List” of United States Department of Commerce. This means that only the approved suppliers of the U.S. government will be allowed to supply parts to this Chinese company.
- Such hush-hush rumours caused Google to sever its ties with Huawei. This marked the end of a fruitful and long drawn relationship. Intel and Qualcomm were next in line to break all ties with Huawei. Such drastic actions caused the U.S. government to set up a 90-day grace period although rumours of more companies breaking ties were in the pipeline of being converted to reality.
- Europe is the main battleground for Huawei and thus Shenzhen highly fears the damage which will be caused by the U.S. move on its European market. Huawei’s representative to the EU shared with the Reuters that, Google “has zero motivation to block us. We are working closely with Google to find out how Huawei can handle the situation and the impact from the U.S. Department of Commerce decision.” He further added that, “Huawei is becoming the victim of the bullying by the U.S. administration. This is not just an attack against Huawei. It is an attack on the liberal, rules-based order.”
- Apart from the ongoing tensions between U.S and China, several other reasons also exist which have triggered Huawei to explore its technological capabilities. It is thus trying to bring down its degree of dependence on peer companies engaged in the mobile business. Huawei has already become self-sufficient in the mobile processor business although it uses certain third-party processors at times.
Prior to releasing the statement, Huawei maintained top grade secrecy regarding the development of its new operating system. It had even previously released a statement pointing out that it had “no plans to release its own OS in the foreseeable future.” However, very recently, its Consumer Business CEO, Richard Yu shared details about the Huawei OS which was “designed for the next generation of technology,” and “will be available in the fall of this year and at the latest next spring.”
George Zhao, the president of Huawei pointed out to his audience that, “no matter what happens, no matter what kind of challenges, smile and overcome them.” Huawei recently launched its brand new Honor smartphones which “had already been certified by Google before it announced any restrictions.”
All eyes will now be on China to see the next step taken by Beijing. Significant trade negotiation cards are expected to assist the unlocking of Huawei in a manner similar to ZTE. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson shared with the reporters that, “We believe this is a wrong practice of the U.S. side,” before adding that, “It is only natural for China to take all necessary measures to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies.”