The firm recently sued the United States in order to fight a ban that doesn’t let the government use its telecom equipment. This comes as a huge blow to Huawei as the US is a major market and losing out on it puts a lid on the company’s revenue to some extent.
However, in case the firm loses the court battle and things go worse than expected, Huawei says it’s more than ready. In a recent interview to Die Welt Huawei executive Richard Yu said that the company has its own smartphone operating system ready and on standby for roll out. For now, both Huawei and Honor handsets run Google’s Android-based EMUI skin on top.
According to a previous report by South China Morning Post, Huawei has been working on its own operating system since past seven years. The work began after a US investigation that also included the ZTE smartphone brand. 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.
We last heard about Huawei’s own Android OS rival
back in May last year. The project was reportedly started under Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei. It is worth wondering that if Huawei says it’ operating system is ready, it may have been working with third-party app developers as well. In any way, we may see Huawei fighting its way into the market with the new OS.
We have seen in the past with Microsoft’s Windows OS, Samsung’s Tizen and Nokia’s Symbian platforms, all have struggled or are still struggling to survive. For now, Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are eating the majority of the pie in the OS market.
Huawei Mate X: Quick look