Huawei has developed own operating system for smartphones and PCs

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2019

Yu said, "We have prepared our own operating system, if it turns out we can no longer use these systems, we will be ready and have our plan B".

Huawei envisages its battle with the Authorities could lead to a final ban on the export of US-made products and services like Android and Windows and is making all moves to obviate the effects on the company should it get to that.

Development of the operating system started in 2012, said an unnamed South China Morning Post source, in light of United States investigations into Huawei and ZTE that year.

The company filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government this month in a bid to overturn a ban on purchasing its technology by federal agencies and government contractors under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

"We have prepared our own operating system".

According to Yu, Huawei would prefer working with Google and Microsoft but could launch its own proprietary operating system if the situation worsens. Huawei might also have to look for hardware partners as it uses Intel processors in its Windows laptops. We heard more about this OS in 2016.

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 USA governments against Huawei. Huawei has sued the USA for banning government networks from using Huawei equipment, while facing charges of technology theft and sanctions violations from the US. That Huawei may face a similar ban is not out of the realm of possibility.

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 already makes its own smartphone processors as well.

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