Huawei allegedly taps former Nokia engineers to develop a proprietary mobile OS

Huawei allegedly taps former Nokia engineers to develop a proprietary mobile OS
According to a new report from The Information, Huawei is working on a proprietary mobile OS in an attempt to reduce its reliance on Google’s Android.

Huawei, currently the world’s third-largest smartphone maker by units shipped has plans for world domination. Before it can top Apple and Samsung, however, Huawei probably needs to properly penetrate the US market and gain more traction in Western markets such as the EU.

Although we highly appreciate Huawei’s ability to create hardware smartphones, we’re not as satisfied when it comes to the company’s Android implementation, one that takes visual cues from Apple’s iOS and is overall sub-par compared to Samsung’s TouchWiz and HTC’s Sense. For example, EMUI 4.1, the Android implementation that's pre-installed on Huawei's recent P9 smartphone, is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow but is much closer to Apple's iOS at the UI level than the Android version you can find on a Nexus phone.

As The Information notes, Huawei’s VP of Design Abigail Brody - a former Apple designer - is working on refining its EMUI to better cater to Western markets.

Aside from working on a refined version of the EMUI Android skin, the report claims that Huawei is also working on a proprietary OS. Huawei is said to be treating this secret OS project as a backup plan just in case Google is to ever limit Android’s openness. Allegedly, former Nokia engineers are part of the Huawei team that’s currently working on this new mobile OS. 

For the moment, however, Huawei seems committed to Android, the operating system that has allowed for the company's explosive growth in China. Quoting people familiar with the matter, The Information says that Huawei’s proprietary mobile OS is still in its infancy.

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18 Comments

1. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Not sure how true is this but.... Kinda ironic from someone who bashing Tizen is dead and now trying to develop their in house OS. But it seem more and more OEM are trying to distant them self from Google, I wonder why?

8. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

becoz android is crap

10. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 411; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Do you not realize android is crowded this is why blackberry is more dead than ever. No one wins that's why Microsoft keeps at Windows 10 mobile and plays the field with uwp. In order to survive in the future your going to need your own OS. Without that you'll just be a distant memory.

11. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Agree on BlackBerry part, it is much more sense for them to continue to develop their own platform than using third party OS. I mean, I couldn't see any improvement of their sales since the day they release PRIV. If I wanted to get a Android, I will go for a Nexus. If I wanted a BB devices, I will prefer a BB10 powered BB than Android.

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Samsung and Huwei has the infrastructure and marketing budget to be like Apple just that they can't develop an accepted app ecosystem overnight. To do that requires enormous amount of resources commitment. They just want to keep a plan B to threaten Google.

19. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

MS should create an OEM api that allows OEMs to create their own windows stores. The apps would be published to both the generic windows store and the OEM one. However, purchases on the OEM stores would give the majority of the cut to the OEM. So if MS charges 30%, Huwaeii would get 20%. The same for any other OEMs. Even PC/laptop oems could do something similar. The more OS's out there the more chaotic the app situation gets. MS has the power to transform mobile right now being in a position where they are building out their OS to be device agnostic.

17. PhoneFixer unregistered

bcos no control over android and they all who uses android has to pay licences ,many licences to google.. come oon u wondring why ? what u think using somone elses product is just for free? u have no idea what smartphpne makers HAS to go through .. many certifications, licences , allowances, aproovements, your hair would stand up if you would know all and all needs to PASS .. ! And all credit goest to google.. and google has to pay some percentage to linux inventers

2. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Why not use jolla or ubuntu?

3. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Most likely due to they wanted to have their own ecosystem instead on rely on third-party OS, there is not much sense for them to use Sailfish or Ubuntu since they wanted to break away from Android.

6. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

ubuntu still exist

12. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Ubuntu still exist, but not in a position to compete with any other Mobile OS either.

4. Fona13A unregistered

So they're seeing the reality of our options, which need competition. Good luck.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

nokia's ex will drag them to hell

7. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

soon we see rip huwei

13. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

android is pretty crowded, but its unlikely any new system will do much to disrupt the current situation. any predictions guys?

15. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Sailfish or Rise of Meego?

16. Sabres

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

A new OS with the help of dead nokia and almost dead Apple, Huawei will die to if the OS is launched. Android is perfect and Huawei shouldn't waste money on OS. Instead, they should add 4k to the camera

18. PhoneFixer unregistered

if the new OS software will be better they won't die

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