Soon to be free from the chains of western capitalism, Shenzhen based tech giant Huawei has shown no signs of backing down despite suffering several blows thanks to the ongoing trade war with the United States. It was previously reported that the company had recently shipped out 1 million smartphone units installed with HongMeng, their self developed operating system which is compatible with Android’s framework - the silver lining to ensure their relevance and survivability in the smart device industry.
According to Chinese news outlet, Global Times, Huawei is “reportedly intensively testing its proprietary operating system (OS) HongMeng with internet giants and domestic smartphone vendors, and the new system will be launched in the next few months”.
The article also stated that fellow Chinese tech giant Tencent and resident frenemies such as OPPO, and Vivo are providing development and testing support for Huawei’s new OS. Global Times did not mention any exact source to back this claim aside from stating “according to media reports” as their reference.
Another interesting statement mentioned by the article is that OPPO and Vivo have allegedly claimed that the HongMeng OS performs 60% faster than Android. An eye-opening claim, but to what it actually means, no one knows. No specific details or data were provided to how the OS outperformed Google’s own. Sketchy? Quite.
Despite the bold claims mentioned in the article, none of the referenced companies have provided comments on the matter. Seeing as Global Times is actually a subsidiary of People’s Daily which is a newspaper operated by the Chinese Government, this is very interesting indeed.
There have been several conflicting reports to the HongMeng OS’ actual market availability with some stating that it will be shipped with Huawei’s upcoming Mate 30 in fall this year, while others claimed that it’ll be ready in spring 2020 to coincide with the P40’s launch. When reached out to by Global Times, a Huawei representative told the news outlet that the HongMeng’s release date is still a “secret”.
From vague claims to an undecided market release, Huawei’s OS is such an enigma. Until then, we’ll wait for its actual launch to see for ourselves how it actually performs as an alternative to Android.