“My Android is so slow,” said no one ever.
But if you’ve lived through the Nokia days, you’d know that the problem was real: in the good old days when 1,000 SMSes were not enough per month, we were typing faster than what was shown on the screen.
Laggy OS back then was so common, we would delete old messages just to keep it running smoothly.
Now, whether you’re using Android or iOS, you won’t face this problem unless you’re using a Note 2.
Considering how fast our mobile OS is, can it be even faster?
Like 60% faster?
Huawei: Hold my beer.
Huawei’s New OS Allegedly 60% Faster than Android
In case you’re one of the people who’s been turned into ashes after Thanos snapped his finger, and was only recently brought back to life by the Hulk, you should know about the Huawei saga.
Google has banned Huawei from using its service, and Huawei has to activate their back-up plan: a new OS to replace Android.
News of this new OS has been reported in the past, it’s only now that the new OS, reportedly called Hongmeng, got into the limelight.
While Huawei has been tight-lipped about this latest OS, rumours and leaks of it has reported everywhere.
90 Days “Grace”
Lest you’re not aware, headlines like this aren’t exactly accurate:
While Google did confirm a ban, they didn’t ban it immediately; instead, the US Commerce Department has given Huawei a temporary licence for 90 days, so Google and Huawei aren’t officially divorced yet: the licence would run until 19 August 2019, and many things can happen in three months.
Nevertheless, this means there’s no change in anything for 90 days, though the damage has been done: retailers aren’t buying Huawei phones and second-hand mobile shops aren’t taking them in.
Huawei’s New OS Reportedly 60% Faster
Huawei hasn’t given up on Google (and Microsoft) yet: according to an interview, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business said, “Today, Huawei, we are still committed to Microsoft Windows and Google Android. But if we cannot use that, Huawei will prepare the plan B to use our own OS.”
He added, “We don’t want to do this but we will forced to do that because of the U.S. government. I think the U.S., this kind of thing, will also not only be bad news for us, but also bad news for the U.S. companies because we support the U.S. business, so we will be forced to do this on our own…We don’t want to do this but we have no other solution, no other choice.”
According to him, the OS would be ready by the fourth quarter of this year in China, and rolled out to other parts of the world in the first or second quarter of 2020.
That means we’d get to see it by October this year.
And in a WeChat group, it was also allegedly revealed that it’d be 60% faster than Android.
But here’s the kicker.
Faster, Better & More Flexible But Still Same Same
The new OS would allegedly work across all devices, from phones to computers to even cars. With Huawei being one of the frontrunners in AI and 5G, it won’t be surprising that they can develop one ultimate software to control the world all devices.
This could mean that if you’re using a Huawei phone and laptop, you’re essentially using the same OS, so your smartphone is basically just a smaller laptop without a physical keyboard.
In addition, while there won’t be Google Play Store, they’d have their own app store, and here’s why it’s going to be lit: this app store and OS support both Android apps and web apps.
Simply put, app developers just need to make a few minor changes in their current Android app codes (that’s hosted in Google Play Store) for it to be workable in the Huawei OS.
So you’d still be seeing most of your regular apps in the new OS—less the core Google apps, though I’m 95% sure Huawei (or some other companies) can create new apps and use Google’s API to recreate apps that work just like the core Google apps.
If this sounds chim, you just need to know this: there’s a workable solution, and all it takes is just more downloads from Huawei users.
Potential Problem That Huawei Users Should Worry About
OS can be reinstalled, Google core apps aren’t used by everyone… but what if Facebook also follow in Google’s footsteps and ban Huawei as well?
Given that more companies are stepping in to blacklist Huawei, it would be a bigger problem if Facebook does the same.
Especially so when Facebook also owns Instagram and WhatsApp.
In the meantime, we can only wait and see.
Because a phone without Google core apps is useless, but a phone without Instagram is pointless.