Huawei’s Android alternative OS now viable, it confirms

Judy Cobb
March 16, 2019

According to the South China Morning Post, the China-based company has been working on an Android alternative since 2012 - right about the time when the USA started investigating ZTE and Huawei. The Huawei chief revealed that the proprietary operating systems are the company's Plan B and will only be put into effect if Huawei is forced to cut business ties with US-based partners like Google and Microsoft.

Back in 2016, we had our first word that Huawei was working on a backup operating system to Android if in case it would have to jump off of Google's platform. Huawei is very popular outside of the USA, but the company has virtually no marketshare inside the US due to the government urging carriers not to offer its devices over fears of spying.

Operating system might not be the only thing that the company must have a "plan B" for. The company has also claimed that it will continue to use Android and Windows as preferred operating system on their devices and will only resort to using its own OS in "extenuating circumstances".

In brief: The battle between the United States government and Huawei is showing no signs of abating.

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According to reports all the way from 2012, Huawei began working on backup systems when the USA opened an investigation into both Huawei and ZTE. The same punishment was handed out to ZTE a year ago over sanctions violations. That Huawei may face a similar ban is not out of the realm of possibility.

Samsung Z4, powered by the company's Tizen OS. "We don't expect to use them, and to be honest, we don't want to use them", the spokesperson explained. These tensions are a part of growing trade hostilities between the U.S. government and China, in which both countries have threated to (and have implemented in a limited scope) impose tariffs on each others' products. Huawei already makes its own smartphone processors as well.

The US has reportedly said it will cooperate less with German intelligence agencies if Germany allows Huawei to take part in its 5G build-outs.

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