Huawei Says It Has Its Own OS In Case It Gets Punted From The Android Platform

Clearly Huawei is feeling the heat because they have built its own operating system for phones, tablets and computers in case they get cut off from the Android OS. That’s a very real possibility as Google would be required to cut them off under US law if their fight with the US escalates further. And seeing as they have Windows 10 devices in their lineup, you can likely copy and paste that for Microsoft too. The South China Morning Post has the details:

The Chinese company has developed a proprietary OS as tensions between the company and the US government could impact the availability of US-made operating systems used on Huawei devices, Huawei’s mobile chief Richard Yu Chengdong, said in an interview with German publication Die Welt.

Yu’s comments confirm an earlier report by the South China Morning Postin April 2018, which revealed the existence of a years-long project to build an alternative to Google’s Android OS. Huawei started building its own operating system after a US investigation into Huawei and ZTE Corp in 2012, a person familiar with the matter said in the report.
“We have prepared our own operating system, if it turns out we can no longer use these systems [Android], we will be ready and have our plan B,” Yu said in the interview.

You can’t be surprised that they have gone this route. But let’s be honest here for a second. The world is largely dominated by iOS and Android handhelds. Huawei may be able to use their own OS in China. But I would imagine that they would be pretty much ignored if they tried that elsewhere on the planet. After all, Samsung tried this with their Tizen OS and it at best has very limited success. So I cannot see how this strategy would be successful for Huawei. But good luck to them if they want to go down this road.

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