Despite a recent reprieve prohibiting doing business with Huawei, Huawei is still going forward with their Hong Meng OS, an alternative to Android.
Based off testing on Chinese handset brands Oppo and Vivo, it is believed that Hong Meng OS is 60% faster than Android. In addition, Huawei is also preparing an app store alternative to Google’s Play and Apple’s App store.
In the same interview, Huawei’s CEO also countered speculation that Huawei handsets could be used for surveillance by talking up Huawei’s protection of user data, claiming it would never hand over data to the Chinese government because it would be too risky for its reputation internationally, stating:
“We will never do such a thing. If I had done it even once, the US would have evidence to spread around the world. Then the 170 countries and regions in which we currently operate would stop buying our products, and our company would collapse,” he told the Financial Times.
“After that, who would pay the debts we owe? Our employees are all very competent, so they would resign and start their own companies, leaving me alone to pay off our debts. I would rather die.”
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