Huawei’s Ark probably is better than Android

Dr Wang Chenglu has written an outstanding account of how he led the development of Huawei’s alternative to Android. He strongly believes that replacing Android’s Linux file system with f2fs seriously speeds up the system. The Ark just-in-time compiler appears well optimized.

Android started in 2005, using Linux, a system designed for desktops. Because so many phones were using Android, major changes are hard to make. By the time Huawei began the project now called Ark/Hong Meng in 2012, the technology had improved.

The Huawei team identified dozens of ways Android could be improved and gradually implemented them. I’ve no ability to test them, but the choices Wang made correspond to some of the best thinking on operating systems.

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Hong Meng OS: ?60% faster

Huawei claims that its version of Android will be totally compatible and much faster. It hopes to ship in the fall, although that’s not certain.

The company believes it is making a better version of Android. “The performance improvement on this operating system will exceed 60%, which is a future-oriented microkernel. … Huawei has identified four major causes through detailed analysis and repeated verifications and introduced Android optimization and intelligent memory scheduling through the introduction of AI. , intelligent CPU scheduling and intelligent storage adjustments are resolved. Among them, by replacing the Android native file system with the F2FS file system, the problem of storage fragmentation is solved.”

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