The entire world held its breath after President Trump signed the executive order, banning China from using US technology. Many thought that this would lead to the company’s downfall, but it would seem that Huawei’s alive and kicking.
More than that, according to a recent press statement, the Shenzhen-based telecom giant is ready to roll out its own operating system. Reportedly, Huawei’s OS will be fully compatible with all Android apps and is expected to come out in late 2019.
Yet-to-Be-Named OS Comes with its own app library
The wheels have been set in motion – following Huawei’s US market failure; the company’s now on its way to gaining full autonomy. According to Alaa Elshimy, Huawei’s VP of Enterprise Business Group Middle East and the Managing Director, the company is ready to roll out its own version of Android.
Generically named HongMeng, this OS will be fully compatible with all Android apps and Huawei smart devices such as watches, tablets, and, of course, smartphones.
If all goes well, we should see the first build of HongMeng in late 2019. The company predicted that worldwide deployment should begin around January 2020.
In the interim, Huawei’s searching for a way to replace ARM-based chips, which are crucial for their Kirin architecture. Elshimy stated that the company has major challenges ahead, one of them being the ARM entanglement.
There’s also the issue of cross-platform compatibility, although the company vouched that the upcoming OS won’t have problems running Android-type apps. On that note, we look forward to seeing how Huawei’s own applications in action.
Of course, with the executive order in place, the company must also do something about its PCs operating system. We can’t be sure, but to make things work, Huawei must develop an OS that closely mimics Windows. That calls for some serious planning, not to mention resources.
However, by the looks of it, Huawei has gained enough momentum in order to sever its US market dependence. It was indeed a hard blow for the company when Trump signed the order, but we shouldn’t lose track of the fact that with or without the US market, China still has 60 percent of world telecom markets.
Still, one cannot deny the fact that Google and ARM rescinding Huawei’s licenses sidetracked the business a bit.
Things may not look too good for future trading relations between the two countries, but this may be the tipping point for something.
Although Trump was adamant about expelling Huawei and other foreign agents from the United States, he did mention something about the Chinese telecom company playing a key role in the upcoming trade talks between the two superpowers.
At this point, Trump’s statement may be just another smoke screen, but who knows what the future holds. Meanwhile, Huawei’s going strong with its plan to launch a new OS and, of course, a Google Play Store-like apps platform. We look forward to both.
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