“HarmonyOS would take 300 years to compete with Android and iOS” says founder of Huawei

Huawei is a brand with a lot of weight in the market, namely in the smartphone segment. However, according to its founder, Ren Zhengfei, HarmonyOS is currently not able to compete with Android and iOS.

In an interview with Dragon, in addition to this conclusion, Zhengfei added that it would take 300 years for the Chinese brand's operating system to reach the two other most popular systems.

HarmonyOS lacks the strength to compete with Android and iOS

Who says it is the founder of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, in an interview given to Dragon magazine. We recall that Zhengfei recently resigned as CEO of the company, taking over from Guo Ping.

In the interview, the executive commented on the current situation in the smartphone market due to the COVID-19 crisis and said that Huawei should continue to invest in its HarmonyOS operating system.

Huawei's HarmonyOS

But the founder of Huawei went further and said that HarmonyOS is not strong enough to compete with Apple and Google systems. The ex-CEO adds that this process would take at least 300 years.

Worldwide sales of devices running Android and iOS operating systems are huge and Huawei is lagging behind. It is difficult for consumers to accept other operating systems. Thus, Huawei's operating system can take a long time to surpass Android and Apple, but not more than 300 years.

says Ren Zhengfei

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei in an interview with Dragon (April 22, 2020)

U.S. government remains an obstacle for Huawei

However, Zhengfei points out that the problem is neither with Google nor with Apple, stressing that he maintains good relations with both companies, namely in the development of 5G. Perhaps the reason may lie in sanctions and conflicts by the United States.

As is well known, companies wishing to do business with Huawei must apply for a special license from the American government. And Zhengfei acknowledges that this analysis has taken time, particularly in the Google process, which translates into a problem for the Chinese company.

It would be nice to not need to use US components or systems, but what if consumers don't buy our products?

Huawei vs USA

In this sense, the founder adds that, in the event of a new conflict, Huawei may use Chinese parts.

We try to maintain a good relationship with our American suppliers, but we have alternatives to parts from the USA, if necessary. Changing a supply network is complicated and in this phase of isolation in some countries it is harmful to the world. No country is entirely self-sufficient, as is a company or its suppliers.

As we know, the Chinese company has distanced itself from traditional systems, namely in terms of applications, with its own AppGallery store. However, while there are about 2.1 million apps on Google Play, the Huawei store has, for now, around 55,000 apps.

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