Huawei prepared own OS in case of Android, Windows ban

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Huawei is facing increasing pressure from both the United States and its allies due to what they describe as cyberespionage for the Chinese government, and although no strong evidence has been produced so far, the company is already looking into backup plans should things get ugly.

Huawei began building the OS in 2012, after seeing the writing on the wall when the USA banned Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE from using American products and services.

The company filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government this month in a bid to overturn a ban on purchasing its technology by federal agencies and government contractors under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The same punishment was handed out to ZTE past year over sanctions violations.

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"We have prepared our own operating system, if it turns out we can no longer use these systems [Android], we will be ready and have our plan B", said Huawei mobile chief Richard Yu Chengdong, in an interview with German publication Die Welt. In the few months before the trade ban was lifted, the company was affected so badly that it ceased major operating activities. Various company's have attempted and failed to break the duopoly by launching phones with different operating systems. We last heard about Huawei's own Android OS rival back in May previous year. That Huawei may face a similar ban is not out of the realm of possibility. In 2016, reports of a Huawei OS being in development surface again, this time as a precaution in case its relationship with Google goes bad.

"We fully support our partners' operating systems - we love them and our customers love them", said Huawei. The firm says that it will continue to use Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows platforms for mobile devices and laptops, it won't wait to bring its proprietary OS to devices if required.

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