Although it looks as if Google and other American suppliers will soon be able to sell to Huawei again, the Chinese telecom giant is continuing the development of its own Hongmeng OS unabated.

That’s what Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei says in an interview with the French magazine Le Point. According to the top man, his own operating system will not only be faster than Android, but will also have much broader applications.

According to the CEO, Hongmeng will be compatible with circuit boards, switches, routers, smartphones and data centres, among other things. It would be adapted for the Internet of Things and use in self-propelled cars.

Faster than Android

We’ve built this system so that we can connect all the objects synchronously. That’s how we move towards an intelligent society, Sina quotes from the French interview.

Furthermore, the Huawei leader reiterated that the operating system would be up to 60 percent faster than Android. Richard Yu, head of Huaweis’ smartphone branch, made a similar statement earlier, but for the time being there is no evidence to substantiate this claim.

Prohibition to trade

In May, the United States decided to put Huawei on an Entity List, effectively prohibiting American companies from doing business with the Chinese telecom giant, unless they have explicit approval.

The consequences of that decision had a particularly strong impact on Huaweis’ network and consumer activities. Several American chip manufacturers were forced to suspend deliveries for the time being and Google also froze the cooperation by revoking the company’s Android license.

Unclear

At the last G20 summit last week, President Trump made it clear that the trade ban would be lifted, but for the time being this is not yet the case within the US administration. The Department of Commerce still considers Huawei to be a prohibited trading partner.

The ban has exposed Huawei’s dependence on the United States and the consequences of breaking off those relationships. Last month, Huawei estimated that its international sales would fall by 40-60% this year as a result of the sanctions. The need for a plan B has therefore become very clear over the past few weeks.

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