Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Huawei develops own OS in case of Android ban

Huawei develops own OS in case of Android ban

Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei consumer business group, attends a press conference and launch of new 5G Huawei products at the Huawei Beijing Executive Briefing Centre in Beijing on January 24, 2019. We last heard about Huawei's own Android OS rival back in May past year.

Huawei stated that it will only use this software in a worst-case scenario and plans to continue using Android and Windows on its smartphones and computers respectively.

Huawei is facing increasing pressure from both the United States and its allies due to what they describe as cyberespionage for the Chinese government, and although no strong evidence has been produced so far, the company is already looking into backup plans should things get ugly. This admission follows earlier rumors that Huawei had been working on its own operating systems since at least early 2018.

According to the South China Morning Post, the China-based company has been working on an Android alternative since 2012 - right about the time when the USA started investigating ZTE and Huawei.

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A Huawei exec has told German news site Die Welt that it has made a backup OS for PCs and smartphones in the event that its troubles with the U.S. government prevent it from using Windows and Android on their PCs and smartphones.

The smartphone industry is mainly led by iOS and Android devices. "We fully support our partners' operating systems - we love using them and our customers love using them".

Trade secret thefts, violations of economic sanctions, unethical business dealings with Iran through unofficial subsidiary are some of the charges that have been applied by the US governments against Huawei. We have seen in the past with Microsoft's Windows OS, Samsung's Tizen and Nokia's Symbian platforms, all have struggled or are still struggling to survive.

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