PUTRAJAYA: A recent survey on mobile users by the UCSI Poll Research Centre found that more than 40 per cent of 701 respondents from China, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia are sceptical about switching to Huawei’s Hongmeng operating system (OS).

The research centre’s chief executive officer, Assistant Professor Dr Noppadon Kannika said the respondents said it was unlikely that they would change to the OS, said to replace the Android OS.

“Meanwhile, 31.5 per cent of the respondents said they are willing to switch to the OS,” he told Bernama in a recent interview, adding that the rest were ambivalent about the switch.

The survey was conducted from June 1-15 to determine consumers’ opinion on the yet-to-be unveiled Hongmeng operating software.

A majority of the respondents — or 87.7 per cent — were Malaysians, 4.6 per cent were from China, while 7.7 per cent were Indonesians, Thais and others.

Additionally, 39.5 per cent of the respondents were from generation X, 26.7 per cent generation Y, 20.3 per cent generation Z and 13.5 per cent were baby boomers and others.

Huawei, which is based in Shenzhen, China, is the world’s second-largest smartphone maker in terms of sales.

The escalation in the trade war tension between the United States (US) and China saw the US announcing a trade blacklist against Huawei.

It was reported that Huawei had lost its access to Google’s Android and Intel’s chips.

On the trade war, Noppadon said 50.1 per cent from the respondents agreed that the consumers have suffered from the ongoing trade war between US and China. – Bernama