In a current interview, Ren Zhengfei, the Founder and the CEO of Huawei Technologies, stated clearly that the company’s proprietary OS will take no longer than 300 years to surpass -Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS.
Huawei has however been caught in the center of the trade tensions between the US & China. The Chinese technology giant faced various complications in the west after the US Commerce Departments place the company on the Entity List.This banned -Huawei from buying or selling products with the US Based companies and also saw the OEM lose official support from the Google. Since then, the company has also been striving to make its own OS, HarmonyOS(HongMengOS in China), but it seems it’s still lacking, according to the founder.
Despite the strict restrictions and the regulations being imposed on the brand, Ren Zhengfei said that We are not thinking of replacing the US components. The US will always be our good friends.” As of right now, American-companies with a special license to deal with the Huawei are the only ones that can trade with the Chinese OEM. Notably, Yu Chengdong, CEO of the Consumer Business Group of Huawei, also mentioned that the company had alternatives to US parts but are still using them “to maintain good relationships with its American suppliers.”
According to the Founder, Harmony OS will take at least 300 years to trump its competitions, which are the industry leading giants, iOS and the Android. He further included that It would be OK if we did not use US components, but what happens if consumers don’t buy our products. The operating systems of Android and Apple have enjoyed massive sales in the world as consumers have become accustomed to them. Huawei is a latecomer, so it would be very difficult to surpass the operating systems of Android and Apple.”
The CEO even mentioned the “friendly” relationship Huawei has with both Apple and Google, and in cooperation for the development of 5G networking in recent times. Another reason for Huawei to shift to completely locally sourced parts is the Coronavirus pandemic.
The outbreak has caused various complications in the global supply chain and is even affecting economies worldwide. The senior executive believes that moving supply chains to local countries is a terrible decision since no one country can be totally self sufficient, just like a company and its sources.