HongMengOS is "likely" faster than Android and iOS says Huawei founder and CEO

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Huawei's HongMengOS is the company's home-grown replacement for the Android operating system. At this point, it isn't clear whether Google will resume doing business with the manufacturer even though President Donald Trump said a week ago that U.S. firms could start selling to Huawei. The company remains on the U.S. Commerce Department's Entity List and is still considered "blacklisted."

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei recently spoke with French magazine LePoint (via WCCF Tech) and said that the company plans on reducing its dependency on Android. At the same time, the executive made it clear that Huawei's operating system is more than just a replacement for Android and can be used for IoT and self-driving vehicles. While a previous report claimed that HongMeng is 60% faster than Android, Ren noted that the operating system's processing delay is less than 5 milliseconds. He says that it is "likely" to be faster than not only Android but iOS as well.

Ren says that Huawei will be working on building a new app storefront to replace the Google Play Store, and he admits that this is an area where HongMeng and Huawei will struggle. The company's founder notes how dedicated app developers are to both the iOS and Android platforms. Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei Technologies Consumer Business Group, says that HongMeng will debut this fall in China with other markets expected to see it early next year. Assuming that Google does not rebuild ties with Huawei, HongMengOS could launch with the release of the Huawei Mate 30 line later this year.

Huawei admits that it won't surpass Samsung next year to become the top global smartphone manufacturer

As for the foldable Huawei Mate X, the device was unveiled back in February well before the company was banned from its U.S. supply chain. That means that the Mate X will launch with Android pre-installed when it is released in September. Speaking of which, last month Huawei posted a list of phones that will be updated to Android Q. That list included all three phones that make up the P30 range and the Mate 20 Pro. Also on the list is the Mate 20 X (both 4G and 5G variants) and the recently released Honor 20.

One thing that was confirmed during our recent interview with Walter Ji, President of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group in Western Europe, is that the company will not surpass Samsung to become the top smartphone manufacturer next year. This has long been a goal verbally expressed by Huawei executives like Richard Yu as far back as 2016. The year before, Huawei had shipped 104.1 million units globally, good enough for third place after Samsung and Apple. By 2018, the manufacturer had delivered 206 million handsets worldwide and the momentum continued during the first quarter of this year. From January through March Huawei shipped 59 million units for a 50.3% annual increase, which was good enough for second place after Samsung. Had there been no ban, it is very likely that Huawei would have taken the top spot next year. Now, Huawei expects a 40% to 60% decline in international deliveries, which would result in total shipments of 140 million to 160 million phones for 2019.

It is going to be hard for Huawei to fully recover if it remains banned from using the operating system found on approximately 85% of the world's smartphones. And there is still the matter of finding a new chip architecture to replace ARM. Huawei's future, once so bright and clear, is now uncertain and muddy. And even if its replacement for Android is faster than Google's open source operating system, it is going to take more than that for Huawei to make another run at Samsung.



1. Joosty

Posts: 491; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Faster because it has like 10 apps.

11. Chrusti

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Also faster because this communist App is called HongMeng (紅夢) which means Red dream - so it will only be better in their red communist dreams!

21. QuantumRazer

Posts: 171; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

I looked up on Wikipedia and HongMeng is 鴻蒙, which apparently stands for 'a metaphor for the "primordial world, primeval chaos" in Chinese creation myths'.. I have no idea what it really means but you got the translation wrong.

22. S4NDY

Posts: 265; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Just like Kirin is mythic unicorn like creature

31. dvlprr

Posts: 70; Member since: May 08, 2019


2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I would imagine it would be faster because it probably does not run any of the background apps or software features that are found on iOS and Android.

27. Loveneesh

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

I think HangMengOS is faster because they can customize HangMengOS with their own kirin processors much more better compared to Android because Android is used for many different phones brands. But with HangMengOS they can tailor made it according to their processor's and also with their devices for better utilization of resources and result in faster operation. It's just the same way as Apple is doing with their ios. And I highly doubt about HangMengOS to be more faster than ios but it would be no surprise if it's faster than Android.

34. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 930; Member since: May 07, 2014

Huawei shouldn't forget what just happened to them during the past couple of months. It could happen again. What Huawei needs to is design their own chip architecture, keep working on their HongMeng/Ark OS, when ready, launch it in China. Better replace Android with HongMeng in China as Google Play services aren't available in China anyway. Next offer variants of their phones with Android and HongMeng in Europe and the rest of the world. Offer HongMeng devices at subsidized rates. They have deep pockets and they can afford to do so. They could very well make a 3rd OS as success.

3. Cat97

Posts: 1981; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Call it "HongMeng" and the failure is guaranteed. Not that it would have any chance outside China anyway.

6. ijuanp03

Posts: 662; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

People said the same before "Huawei" became popular

8. Fred3

Posts: 587; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Yeah but if it is faster then why wouldn't they use it a long time ago other than using a UI over android that lags?

19. QuantumRazer

Posts: 171; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Because it's still in a development, duh? Android might be slower but obviously is more matured as a mobile OS than HongMeng/Ark OS and right now they have no reason to use it over Android that consumer and Huawei themselves are already accustomed to.

28. Fred3

Posts: 587; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

It's nothing but a bluff. It's been in development sense 2012. They even mentioned last year that they could have released it and that it's ready but chose not to. You can keep believing their bs if you want lmao

29. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

How long has Googles Fuchsia been in development and it's still thought to be more than 3 years from release. Huawei havn't released their OS because they are trying to increase their western market share, that market is dominated by Android and it's users are familiar with it, Users don't like change. Huawei won't release HongMeng / Ark OS until they are forced to do so.

30. QuantumRazer

Posts: 171; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

lol ok, if you believe so.

13. Chrusti

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

But unlike Huawei, HongMeng has a political and communist background.

12. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Faster than Android - sure Faster than ios - don't think so

18. tedkord

Posts: 17480; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But will it multitask, unlike iOS?

17. Mikele

Posts: 186; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

How would it be a failure? Symbian OS with Nokia was a great success then before Android and iOS so HongMeng would be kudos to Huawei

20. QuantumRazer

Posts: 171; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Hence 'Ark'OS IF they would have to use it outside China.

4. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 392; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

If HongMeng proves a success, would it prompt Samsung to make another a go at Tizen for mobiles?

5. ijuanp03

Posts: 662; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Do we expect Huawei CEO to say it's slower? Lol

7. CDexterWard

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

"Likely to be faster" is really punching out with confidence, isn't it? I'm actually interested to see how far it develops. It doesn't seem like anyone is going to bother developing another major OS unless their backs are against a wall, so maybe we'll finally see a decent 3rd horse in the horse race.

14. jojon

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

,,,,not without apps, we have seen all this before, ask MS, they are experts on the matter.

25. Mikele

Posts: 186; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Monetization and laziness to develop killed MS but Android is a bit less and open

33. dvlprr

Posts: 70; Member since: May 08, 2019


9. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Already see a wikipedia page.... "Hangmeng WAS Huawei's OS replacement of Android after it it failed to garner support from developers in 2019".

10. iczer

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

Tizen is also faster than Android and iOS! LOL...

15. dimas

Posts: 3420; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Of course it will be fast, huawei skins love force closing background apps especially vpns even if you don't ask them to. Hongmeng phones will be doa right after the launch.

24. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

You have a typo there

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