Huawei Has an Android Alternative, But It Doesn't Want to Use It

Ren Zhengfei founder and CEO of HuaweiAP

Even though this is now the official confirmation, this is not the first time we're hearing reports of Huawei's proprietary operating system. 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.

While Huawei uses its own Kirin processors in most of its phones, a ban on American products would have big repercussions for its laptop line, which, in addition to using Windows, relies on processors from Intel.

The US alleges during meetings with an unnamed banking institution in the US, Wanzhou misrepresented Huawei's ownership and control of Iranian affiliate Skycom. Huawei makes its own SoC - the Huawei Kirin, and so is not much dependent on Qualcomm's 'Snapdragon SoC, but same cannot be said of the company's patronage of Google's products and services particularly Google Android OS.

Operating system might not be the only thing that the company must have a "plan B" for.

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This time, Huawei's need for its own OS comes as their legal battle with the USA continues.

Huawei is cautious of export bans. Alternatively, it could develop its own processors for laptops just like it's developing a backup OS.

A Huawei spokesperson quoted by the South China Morning Post confirmed the interview quote, also echoing Yu's sentiments regarding their continued preference for the US-made OSes. However, he did not specify whether Huawei has already developed an alternative operating system to Android, Windows, or both.

Banning Huawei from using Android and Windows sounds extreme, but with the U.S. asking its allies not to use the company's 5G equipment and even threatening to withhold intel from Germany if it does so, such a move isn't out of the question.

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