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World | Huawei's secret weapon can turn the crisis into an opportunity

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Attempts by Donald Trump's administration to block China's Huawei technology giant proved to be one – China is thinking of some moves ahead. Will Hongmeng's operating system be a defensive or offensive weapon?

With the exception of Apple devices, the market for global operating systems seems out of the question – Microsoft Windows for desktop and laptop computers and Android for mobile devices. All attempts to break this pattern remain without significant consequences and can not win a lasting place among the general public, said technology experts.

However, Huawei may change the rules of the game. After Google declined access to mobile devices manufactured by the Chinese company for the future development of Android, the Chinese company said it would soon be ready to launch its own Hi-End operating system. Respondents note that concern has already registered Hongmeng trademark applications in almost all of the world's intellectual property protection organizations in the operating system subcategory. And this is not the fruit of work at the last moment. Huawei engineers have been developing the system since 2012, although the brand has only been registered after the US Army surge in May. So far, there is virtually no specific information about system resources, even if the name is not unique – at least for Europe, it is expected to be the ARK OS. The company said it was already testing the product and its compatibility with Android and all its applications – a feature that was rated as key to the success of an operating system.

"The main thing about mobile operating systems is getting app developers to write to you just to thwart Microsoft's attempt to get out of the market – your app store was empty," said software expert Loras Hunt . It's supposed to be

already released 1 million smartphones with the new system,

in order to establish in real terms what problems may arise with the promise of "enhanced security features to protect personal data." After the end of the trial period, it will be available for public use, probably in the last quarter of the year. According to the latest data leaked, this can happen already in September with the launch of Huawei Mate 30, the new series of smartphones Huawei Companion 30.

Hoonman's ambitions are great. Based on Linux, it should be able to work across multiple platforms and be compatible with all Huawei smartphones, tablets, TVs and handhelds. From there, compatibility with devices from other manufacturers, especially Chinese, is one step away.

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With such a wide field of application, "Hounun" could put at risk not only Android and its more than 80% share in mobile devices, but also the hegemony of Microsoft desktops and laptops. Ultimately, the bulk user asks the operating system for as many functions as possible with as few problems as possible at the lowest price, best for free.

Huawei engineers have proven they have a job, offering technologies that are among the best in the world. It is almost certain that Huawei's operating system will be free or at least a very functional base version. At the International Economic Forum in St Petersburg last week, Chinese President Cz Jinpin

said Beijing is ready to share with the experience of its partner countries,

including in 5G technology, clearly showing that in Chinese thinking, strategic goals take precedence over accounting. Consumers are thirsty for something new. After every social media message, there are thousands of comments from around the world, welcoming the possibility of a widely open universal open source system.

"Bravo," Huawei, "you give the world an alternative," writes the Filipino writer John Chua in Twiter.

Apple also does not seem immune to this competition, especially if proven not only in terms of price but also in terms of quality. Chinese consumers are clearly willing to mobilize to go to Hunun, according to the, after a study of Chinese social networks, and even losing the Chinese market would be a major blow to any company. Spreading in other parts of the world would be a major, if hardly overwhelming, challenge given Huawei's 5G technology attitude to the backdrop of US pressure. Unlike Japan, for example, Europe is in no hurry to obey Washington's insistence,

Russia demonstrates agreement with Chinese giant

for the development of its next generation network. However, it will take some time to build the overall ecosystem for a new operating system out of the Chinese market. At Apple and Android, it took them years.

When he announces the news of Hunun, the chief executive of Huawei, the company will only launch the system on the market if it is banned from using Google and Microsoft products. The US gave the company a 90-day delay in continuing to work on Chinese concern, but after announcing, announcements of progress in Hounun's release increased.

Even though the dispute between Washington and Beijing is unlikely to be resolved within a few months and US companies offer a full software service to Huawei devices, the company will not launch the system and simply be satisfied. in-stock ready-made products that have the potential to capture a large part of the global market? Given that the rapid development of modern digital technologies may soon require that it be updated so as not to become outdated without even emerging in the market? By the end of the year, it will be clear.

For now, Beijing seems to be acting on Twitter's Twitter appeal: "Get ready for a crisis and turn it into an opportunity!" / BTA

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