Forbes, who cites China’s Global Times, reports that Huawei has advanced quite a lot with their Android version as a result of the recent US Ban. The new operating system is so far into development that it is being currently trialed by other companies, including Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi. The new OS named HongMeng aims to be a viable alternative to the Google-controlled Android, even though it will support Android apps and may actually be based on the Android Open Source Project. According to the source, the improvements they’ve done make it up to 60% faster, however, considering that Global Times is mostly a site used by the Chinese government for propaganda and praises, we would say it is just a PR stunt.
The new operating system will be officially launched in the next few months and may first appear on the upcoming Huawei Mate 30, scheduled to launch this autumn or the next Huawei P40 line-up. The sources also sais that Tencent, an unnamed carrier as well as other companies are working closely with Huawei to have HongMeng OS launched as soon as possible. The claim that the new OS will be 60% faster was initially reported by the head of Huawei’s smartphone business Richard Yu not too long ago. So far, however, no evidence of the claim was offered.
If everything is true, then we can’t wait to see what it is capable of and what new features will it add on the table. Even though chances are low, we hope that the new operating system will be made open source as well. Otherwise, it may prove even more difficult to adopt outside of China due to fears of spying from the Chinese government and without any control over the data being sent. Don’t get me wrong, I know that Google and other US companies send data back, but due to the open-source nature of Android, you don’t have that much unknown about what and when is being transmitted, mostly being down to the apps that you install by choice.