A couple of months ago, the US government sentenced ZTE with a 7-year ban and restricted it from using any American-developed hardware and software technology. This unfortunate fate isn’t necessarily exclusive to ZTE, as it can happen to almost any other foreign company operating in the United States.
With this in mind, top executives from Huawei thought of preparing for the worst-case scenario, so they’re said to be working on their own mobile operating system — in case they’re prevented from using Android.
According to sources of South China Morning Post, Huawei is said to be developing its own operating system after the company and ZTE faced investigations in the USA way back in 2012. It is believed to be an investment to prepare for the possible scenario of losing its integration with Android and other US technologies. But since the Huawei mobile OS is not yet ready for prime time, the Chinese electronics giant is probably keeping it under the rug for the meantime.
In a recent statement, Huawei denied any plans on launching their own in-house mobile operating system in the foreseeable future. Nonetheless, a move like this isn’t really surprising at all, because other companies like Samsung also has its own proprietary Tizen OS.
Considering that Huawei is also building its own HiSilicon processors, it certainly makes sense to also dip their toes in the operating system department. Its interest is also augmented by the uncertainty in the US market, which could potentially bar them from using Google’s services. If ever Huawei’s nightmare comes to light, at least they are prepared.