Huawei founder said the OS works on just about everything including network switches, data centers, routers as well as smartphones.
The OS has a processing latency of less than 5 milliseconds
Hongmeng OS is facing an uphill battle right now to nurture a robust ecosystem
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The ban on US companies that restricted trade with Huawei is now partially lifted. Google too has resumed relations with the company and so did most other US companies, but Huawei will now be wary of such threats from the west. While the ban was enforced, news broke that Huawei is working on an Android-alternative called Hongmeng OS. Now, Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Huawei told a Chinese publication that the operating system will be more than just an Android replacement. It’s made to interconnect all devices.
The 75-year old executive said the OS works on just about everything including network switches, data centers, routers as well as smartphones. By the sound of it, Hongmeng OS holds good potential for being the OS of choice for IoT devices like smart homes, autonomous vehicles and the likes.
Ren also said the OS has a processing latency of less than 5 milliseconds and admitted that it could possibly be faster than both Android and macOS. However, Ren was apprehensive of the ecosystem Huawei is trying to build around the OS.
Hongmeng OS is facing an uphill battle right now to nurture a robust ecosystem. Apple and Google’s success in the software space can be attributed to the support from their ecosystem, which Huawei lacks presently. But then Ren assured saying the company is also working on making its own app store to get more developers.
As for the ban, not everything is a go for Huawei. During the G20 meet in Japan, US president Donald Trump announced that Huawei is now permitted to resume business with US companies and can purchase components made in US. However, Huawei is still on the blacklist despite the decision and it’s also not clear whether the company will be allowed to operate in the United States. That doesn’t seem to be bothering Huawei much. The company recently bagged its 50th contract in setting up 5G infrastructure at MWC 2019 Shanghai.
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