Huawei says it has its own OS in case it gets banned

Gerald Bowen
March 16, 2019

A company spokesperson later confirmed this so-called "Plan B" with the South China Morning Post. Should things get real ugly, and Huawei is banned from using Google's Android OS on its smartphones or Windows on its computers, the company already has backup operating systems in place.

Huawei reportedly has its own operating system on standby in the event the company is ever banned from using Android or Windows. And in response to that Huawei hit back at US Government by calling the ban "unconstitutional". While Korean tech giant Samsung also has its Tizen operating system, Tizen is instead used primarily on smartwatches and cameras. The company said it'd drop both Android and Windows if they're forced to quit American products and continue the development with their own Operating System that have built.

Despite Huawei fighting the US government in court, the company is preparing for the worst.

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ZTE was found to have violated a previous settlement for violating U.S. trade sanctions against Iran and barred from dealing with USA companies. Huawei makes its own SoC - the Huawei Kirin, and so is not much dependent on Qualcomm's 'Snapdragon SoC, but same cannot be said of the company's patronage of Google's products and services particularly Google Android OS.

Should Huawei face the same ban, it will at least be more prepared. It doesn't, however, have laptop processors, relying mostly on US-made Intel chips. These tensions are a part of growing trade hostilities between the USA government and China, in which both countries have threated to (and have implemented in a limited scope) impose tariffs on each others' products. After all, they do make their own smartphone processors. The company recently made a huge announcement regarding its future plans with its laptop and smartphone devices which now run Microsoft's Windows and Google's Android respectively.

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