When the US restricted companies from working with Huawei 8211; seen by many as part of the on-going trade war with China 8211; one of the big names that surfaced was Google. With a potential ban on future access to Android, attention swung to Huawei8217;s plan B 8211; its own operating system.
In a report from Global Times, an English Language newspaper in China, Huawei8217;s HongMeng OS 8211; possibly to be called Ark OS when it comes to market 8211; has been demonstrated and shown to be 60 per cent faster than Android.
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What8217;s perhaps more interesting is the names that seem to be getting involved. Global Times says that Oppo and Vivo 8211; two huge vendors in China 8211; have 8220;sent teams to test the new system8221;. Currently, all these manufacturers use Google8217;s Android with their own products and services piled in over the top.
Between these three companies 8211; Huawei, Oppo, Vivo 8211; you have a huge slice of the Chinese market as well as global markets, especially in Asia. There8217;s also been a report from China Daily that HongMeng OS has shipped on over 1 million devices, which are being circulated for testing.
HongMeng OS is reported to work with all Android apps, but include increased options for the protection of personal data. Huawei is also said to be encouraging app developers to use its own AppGallery, to provide an alternative avenue to Google8217;s Play Store.
Huawei had secured the second spot in global smartphone shipments 8211; with only Samsung maintaining a lead 8211; and it looks like the Chinese company has no intention of taking the US ban lying down. Development of an alternative to Android seems well underway. While that might be quickly accepted in Asia, convincing western markets to move to a different platform will be much more of a challenge.