An operating system of its own has been built by Huawei for its smartphones and computers, in case if the company would have to face sudden restrictions from using U.S. software from Google and Microsoft, the Chinese giant confirmed to CNBC on Friday.
Huawei currently is the second-largest smartphone company of the world by market share and uses Microsoft’s Windows for its laptops and tablets and Google-developed Android mobile operating system for its handsets.
Huawei, if for any reason was stopped to use the software from U.S companies, has an operating system available as a back-up, but it still prefer working in the ecosystems of Microsoft and Google, said Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei’s consumer division, in a recent interview to the German publication Die Welt. Huawei remained developing its own alternative operating system since 2012, reported the South China Morning Post.
Rising trade tensions between the United States and China, along with legal problems company has been facing in the United States, have heightened the fears of Huawei that it might also has to face punishment similar to the one imposed on its rival ZTE.
ZTE, last year, barred from doing business with U.S. companies after it was found to be violating previous settlement for violation of U.S. trade sanctions against Iran. And that banning, ZTE found itself in trouble to procure the necessary components to be used in its smartphones and other network equipments, and also came under fears of whether it will remain able to use the Google’s Android operating system for smartphones.
Over the past 10 years, many attempts of creating a third practical platform for mobile devices were remained fail to survive for long as Samsung Tizen, BlackBerry 10 and Firefox OS survived for shorter periods while Windows Mobile stayed for comparatively longer period but gave up too.