Huawei is currently involved in legal woes in the United States, which might end up as a ban on its product in the country. This will have a major impact on Huawei’s business as well as the company’s entire mobile and PC strategy. Huawei’s CEO of Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu, has revealed in an interview that the company has developed its own operating system. Richard Yu said that the proprietary OS is the company’s plan B, which will be put into effect if the company is forced to cut business ties with companies like Google and Microsoft.
Huawei recently sued the United States government over a law that banned federal agencies and their contractors from acquiring Huawei’s equipment and services, calling it unlawful. While the crackdown on Huawei is yet to involve into a ban on its products, Huawei has apparently been busy developing its own operating system as contingency plan–something which has now been confirmed by Huawei’s CEO himself.
n an interview with German agency Die Welt, Yu divulged that Huawei has developed in-house operating systems.
In response to a query about whether Huawei is planning to develop its own operating system, in case the company’s products need to become less non-reliant on Google and Microsoft, Richard Yu responded positively and revealed that the company has already done so. However, he did not specify whether Huawei has already developed an alternative operating system to Android, Windows, or both.
He added that the company has developed a proprietary operating system to be used in circumstances where Google and Microsoft are not available as an option, possibly in a scenario when US-based companies are ordered to cut off ties with the Chinese electronics giant. However, he also added that Huawei likes to work with its partners like Google and Microsoft which provide the Android and Windows operating systems for Huawei’s smartphone and laptop portfolio.
Yu’s statement leaves very little space for doubt, nevertheless, it is not the first time the reports of Huawei developing its own OS have surfaced online. As per a previous report by the South China Morning Post, Huawei started working on its own operating system for smartphones back in 2012. Moreover, the company has reportedly developed operating systems for tablets and computers as well. The development of an in-house operating system was a brainchild of Huawei’s founder and president, Ren Zhengfei, who saw the development as a preparation for the worst case scenario.
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