Huawei’s own operating system could be ready this year if cut off from US tech, top exec says
Chinese technology giant Huawei could introduce its own operating system, for smartphones and laptops, this year if the company is banned from using Google and Microsoft software due to pressure from Washington.
The head of the company’s consumer division Richard Yu told CNBC the operating system could be ready for use in China by the fourth quarter of this year, while its international version will be available in either the first or second quarter of 2020.
“Today we [Huawei – Ed.] are still committed to Microsoft Windows and Google Android. But if we cannot use that, Huawei will prepare the plan B to use our own OS,” he said.Also on rt.com ‘Stupid economics’: Attack on Huawei tells world to avoid doing business with US - Prof. Wolff
The company’s own app store, known as the App Gallery, would be available on its own operating system, Yu added.
“We don’t want to do this but we will be forced because of the US government. I think this kind of thing will be bad news not only for us, but also for the US companies because we support the US business, so we will be forced to do this on our own,” the top executive said. “We don’t want to do this but we have no other solution, no other choice.”
Following accusations of spying for the Chinese government, US President Donald Trump issued an order barring US firms from supplying Huawei with parts or technology.Also on rt.com Huawei CEO says company’s own OS will run Android apps - reports
The company was granted a 90-day grace period to continue doing business with US firms, but the order will see Huawei lose access to Google’s apps and services thereafter, and forbid the Chinese tech giant from using Intel and Qualcomm chips in its devices.
The Chinese communications firm has denied all the accusations of spying. Its founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said on Sunday that Huawei has been “preparing for this” for a long time. The crackdown on the tech firm comes at a time of heightened trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.
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