The Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei had to contend with a ban on operating with American companies amidst the rumors surrounding the business that accuse it of being a spy for the Chinese government. The ban is no longer in effect, but Huawei has learned its lesson and has started development on its own proprietary operating system, allowing the company to ship handsets independent of the Android OS.
The OS codenamed “Hongmeng,” is currently undergoing testing with a smartphone around the price point of $300. Sources confirm that the OS is an advanced stage of development and may hit the market as early as the end of this year. The critical details of the software, it’s interactions with existing software manufacturers and apps remains to be seen. The proprietary OS frees the company up to be more innovative in its system design and included hardware. However, the lack of access to the Google Play Store and Apple Store may rub some users in the west the wrong way.
A Response to Stalled Growth
The company’s fortunes took a turn for the worse during the first two quarters of 2019 thanks to their business being hobbled and reputation trashed by the American regime. Many users still harbor fears that Huawei handsets may contain malware allowing the Chinese government access to their data. These fears are unlikely to be alleviated by letting Huawei operate their own operating system with their handset. If anything, it means that the company can claim more of its software is a trade secret and keep it away from prying eyes.
While the Chinese tech giant is developing the OS and release may be imminent, Huawei executive Liang Hua noted that their primary OS for commercial devices remains Android. Some witnesses to the test claim the OS responds faster than Android, but there have been no video recordings to corroborate these statements. Like with most technology hidden behind the Great Wall, it’s unlikely that the west will be able to see this new OS until Huawei is ready for the world to scrutinize what it’s built.