14 March 2019
Huawei's ongoing legal tussle with the U.S. government is only getting intensified with time. It means this can result in more restrictions being put on the company which is something Huawei knows very well. It has been working on plans to overcome such hurdles and in that direction, it has developed its own operating system as a plan B if it ends being in a position where it needs to ditch Android.
This confirmation came from Huawei CEO Richard Yu during an exclusive conversation with a German publication Die Welt. He was talking about how Huawei works in collaboration with many U.S. companies like Google and Microsoft for its smartphones and tablets. If the current situation gets worse and the U.S. passes an order asking all local companies cut ties off with Huawei, the latter can find itself in a tricky spot. This is why it has its own OS prepared for the time where it might have to stop using Android.
In a statement, Yu said (translated from German),
"We have prepared our own operating system. Should it ever happen that we can no longer use these systems, we would be prepared. That's our plan B. But of course, we prefer to work with the ecosystems of Google and Microsoft."
It means that as of now, Huawei has no plans of using its own operating system on smartphones unless there is no other choice. This makes sense considering that Android is hugely popular and the Google Play Store offers access to millions of apps. If it will go with its own OS, it will have to suffer from the issue of providing apps. It might be able to partner with major app makers and provide them but still, its users will be missing out on so many alternatives and even completely new apps that keep coming up.
As of now, the U.S. has currently put a ban on sales of Huawei devices in the country. This resulted in Huawei and AT&T deal coming to an abrupt end. The Chinese phone maker is facing criminal charges for fraud and stealing trade secrets among other issues. It has already sued the U.S. government for imposing the ban and only the time will tell if the move will prove to be fruitful in any way or it will only make things worse.