Huawei’s Android alternative OS now viable, it confirms

Donna Miller
March 16, 2019

On that note, Huawei is now developing its own operating system and justifying the move by claiming that it's a hedge against a potential USA ban of software exports to China.

Huawei's mobile chief Richard Yu Chengdong told German media outlet Die Welt it has been working on its own operating system that can run on both mobile devices and personal computers.

Huawei at a press conference held recently at its headquarters in Shenzhen, China, confirmed it has slammed a lawsuit against the U.S. authorities over the former ban on its telecommunications equipment. Various company's have attempted and failed to break the duopoly by launching phones with different operating systems.

Rumours that Huawei is developing an alternative OS is seeming more likely, as the company prepares itself for a possible ban from the US.

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A Huawei spokesperson confirmed to the South China Morning Post that it has its own backup OS in case it is cut off from Google's Android operating system.

Despite Huawei fighting the US government in court, the company is preparing for the worst. Last year, an export ban was imposed on ZTE since it was found guilty of violating sanctions on Iran.

In the US, Huawei would have zero chance without the Android OS. While an outright ban on ZTE was a devasting one, Huawei with its wealth of engineers has better chances of getting around such ban. As of 2016, the company is reportedly still fine-tuning the OS. The bad news for fans of the Chinese brand is that not even Huawei believes in the success of its own ecosystem. He added that Huawei's customers love Android and Windows and it will always remain its first choices.

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. Other nations will make their own.

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