Huawei’s having a hard time with things, internationally. There’s a whole lot going on with its executives and Canada, and there are ongoing tensions between the company and the States. There’s a (small) possibility that the Chinese tech-maker could lose its access to American-made operating systems like Android and Windows. Should that happen, Huawei’s got a backup plan.
The Chinese company has long been rumoured to have its own mobile operating system in reserve, rumours that reach back to 2012 (via Engadget). There’s also apparently an OS waiting for the company’s computer products, in case Huawei can’t get its hands on Windows any longer. The rumour has been confirmed by the company in a recent interview with a German news outlet.
Huawei’s mobile head Richard Yu Chengdong said in an interview with German publication Die Welt, “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.” The company began building the OS in 2012 when ZTE was banned from using American products and an investigation was conducted into both Huawei and ZTE.
Just don’t expect to see it unless something catastrophic happens to Huawei’s access to Android and Windows. Huawei certainly doesn’t seem keen on whipping out their backup plan at all. A spokesperson yesterday said “Huawei does have backup systems but only for use in extenuating circumstances. We don’t expect to use them, and to be honest, we don’t want to use them. We fully support our partners’ operating systems – we love using them and our customers love using them. Android and Windows will always remain our first choices.”