Huawei CEO states its Android option is ‘most likely’ quicker however requires its own app shop

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Huawei CEO says its Android alternative is 'likely' faster but needs its own app store

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Huawei isn’t depending on Google for its os.


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In late June, Donald Trump stated he’d relieve the constraints that prohibited United States business from working with Huawei, a Chinese tech giant. When precisely that will occur remains uncertain, as Huawei appears to still be blacklisted by the Department of Commerce. Most damagingly, the restriction indicates Huawei can’t utilize Google’s Android software application. But it appears like Ren Zhengfei, Huawei’s creator and CEO, isn’t relying on being invited back into the Android household. 

Zhengfei just recently spoke with French publication Le Point about HongMeng OS, an os Huawei is developing to lessen its reliance on Google’s Android os. Zhengfei supposedly stated Hong Meng OS is “likely” to be faster than Android, indicating a report from the state-operated GlobalTimes that stated it was 60% faster.

While Zhengfei boasted that HongMeng is developed to link throughout numerous gadgets, consisting of phones, automobiles and information centers, he did yield that Huawei does not have a major option to Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store. Huawei is now working to develop that option.


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The CEO’s comments mean that, regardless of whether Huawei is lifted from the Department of Commerce’s blacklist, Huawei is likely to push on with its own operating system. Though some of the company’s phones use Qualcomm chips, most of its flagship phones contain Huawei’s own Kirrin CPUs. The company’s spat with the US government looks to ultimately make it more self-reliant than ever — if HongMeng can compete with Android, that is.

A Huawei spokesperson didn’t comment on Zhengfei’s statements, but did say: “Today, we are still committed to Microsoft Windows and Google Android. But if we cannot use that, we will prepare a plan B to use our own OS.” Last Monday a company executive said Huawei “will wait for guidance from the Department of Commerce” regarding Android.

News of Huawei building its own operating system broke in late May, shortly after it was blocked from using Google’s software. In June it began trademarking the HongMeng name and invited developers to publish their apps on its AppGallery app store.

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