Huawei Has Made Its Own Smartphone and PC OSes … Just in Case

Elias Hubbard
March 15, 2019

The ongoing tussle between the USA lawmakers and Huawei deepened when the company sued the United States for banning the major government contractors from using Huawei-developed products.

Huawei has revealed a plan B in case the trade war between China and the West means it is no longer allowed to use the Android operaing system. Tell us in the comments.

For the time being, however, Huawei doesn't seem to be in a position that would lead to a ban similar to ZTE's, as the company keeps denying all spying accusations and calls for governments to provide evidence that it's working for Beijing.

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. We last heard about Huawei's own Android OS rival back in May a year ago.

Meng was arrested at the Vancouver airport last December and remains in her extradition case moves through the courts. Last year, an export ban was imposed on ZTE since it was found guilty of violating sanctions on Iran.

The firm has been working on an operating system that could replace Android since 2012 when the USA opened an investigation into both ZTE and itself, according to the South China Morning Post.

"We fully support our partners' operating systems - we love using them and our customers love using them". The firm says that it will continue to use Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows platforms for mobile devices and laptops, it won't wait to bring its proprietary OS to devices if required.

The trial is set for April 4. Huawei already makes its own smartphone processors as well. "We don't expect to use them, and to be honest, we don't want to use them", the Huawei spokesperson reportedly said. Still, given the state of the US-Huawei relationship, this contingency plan could be significant.

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