Huawei ready to replace Android if it loses legal battle with the United States

Huawei ready to replace Android if it loses legal battle with the United States
Huawei is being attacked from all sides, and even though the Chinese company seems to have been cornered, it still has the will to fight. Huawei recently sued the United States, as a means to fight a ban that prevents its telecom equipment from being purchased and used by government institutions.

The same ban prohibits major US government contractors from using Huawei equipment, a major blow for the Chinese company's local telecom business. Although the legal battle between Huawei and the US is just beginning, the former has everything prepared in case of a negative outcome.

Huawei's executive Richard Yu said in a recent interview with Die Welt (translated) that his company already has its own operating system ready to replace Android and Windows.


South China Morning Post reports Huawei started working on its proprietary ecosystem seven years ago, following a US investigation that also targeted ZTE. According to Yu, Huawei will continue to use Google and Microsoft operating systems, but if the legal battle intensifies, it won't hesitate to switch to its own ecosystem.

The bad news for fans of the Chinese brand is that not even Huawei believes in the success of its own ecosystem. A Huawei spokesperson was cited saying that the company doesn't expect to use its “backup systems” and that it doesn't actually want to use them.

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39 Comments

1. vgking9699

Posts: 189; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

That’s pretty stupid of them because it’s not android with huawei that America don’t trust, it’s the company of huawei itself So making their own operating system won’t do anything, cuz they are thought to be spying on America, they can do it even better with hardware and software they make themselves So making phones running their own os will just make it worse, not better

2. blingblingthing

Posts: 948; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Not to mention, a new OS likely will not make it very far.

5. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Definitely not. We've seen that attempt made by Palm, Blackberry, Microsoft, Jolla, Ubuntu, the list is long. There's no room for a 3rd option anymore. It's too late for another competitor to catch up on the apps front. That's what killed Windows Phone.

16. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Think about if all Chinese companies started to using a new os? That will already make that os acceptable because major player in phone segment are Chinese (huawei, OnePlus,vivo,oppo,Lenovo (Motorola), Tcl(blackberry),Xiaomi,Zte etc.) And make Android smartphones expensive because we all new that without competition we will be able to see some price increase in the Android phones and those who prefer to have good price to performance ratio will go for the new os.

17. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

And for those who thinks that the android os will be far ahead than the new os then, I'll inform you that huawei can use Android features and it's own features because Android is actually an open source project and even Google is using Android kind of illegaly by using java based language and patents owned by oracle and battling for it in court as well and that's one of the main reasons why Google wants fuchsia os to replace Android.

19. TheOracle1

Posts: 2222; Member since: May 04, 2015

^^^This. All the major Android players are Chinese apart from Samsung. There are no Google Services in China anyway so it certainly won't affect them there. If it's Android based then there are still possibilities for western markets using resources like F-droid etc. They would rather not do it but it's not a death sentence. The consumer backlash for US goods would likely be severe too. Apple and GM etc should be worried too.

4. Papa_Ji

Posts: 839; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Stupid. They will use it when poor US government will ban Huawei from using Android like they did with ZTE.

23. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

You got it all wrong. Huawei doesn't want to leave Android. They have their plan B in case they are banned from using Android. If US forces Microsoft or Google to not let Huawei use their operating systems. Huawei isn't selling their phones in the US.

3. User123456789

Posts: 844; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Good luck .... Microsoft is much bigger and failed. Devs are already busy with apps for android/iOS. Without Gapps, any system is dead already before be born

6. KENNE

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Switching to a new OS would worsen the case. Also, a new OS issues would bring Hawaii way way down the pecking order in the phone industry

7. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Without Huawei, Android will die out as all Chinese manufacturers will move away from Android. And than a ban on Apple in China will break Apple as well.

11. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Huawei might make china move away from android then set back the country 20 years because android has been too far ahead from what future huawei os will offer. And also, banning apple in China will also kill their local factory profits. Foxconn had massive lay-offs just recently.

39. jacky899

Posts: 430; Member since: May 16, 2017

First of all, Foxconn is a Taiwanese company. Secondly, only $5 to $8 goes to China for manufacturing an iphone depending on the model. Apple profits from China MANY MANY times more than the miniscule amount for cheap Chinese labor. In fact, Apple profits from China alone more than Huawei profits from the entire world. Also even if the US fabricates up some lies to prevent Huawei from using Android, China will not stoop to the same level and ban Apple because Chinese citizens will riot. China houses the most hardcore Apple fanbois or the most fanbois of American products in general, so it's not easy to weed out American products there like we do Chinese products here

8. adeelzsoomro

Posts: 28; Member since: Jan 07, 2019

It’s time for HiOS I think all the major brands will focus on their own OS for example look at the one ui from Samsung it’s an amazing and far far better than stock one. Huawei and Samsung have their own hardware and it’s time to design their own software according to their hardware.

9. checkmymike

Posts: 219; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

UI is not OS lols

26. adeelzsoomro

Posts: 28; Member since: Jan 07, 2019

So what do you think Samsung is not capable to make their own software, Samsung and Huawei are the main players in an android and they both have a massive buyers around the world. When they make their software than an android will be dead.

14. Ichimoku

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

UI. is. not. an. OS.

27. adeelzsoomro

Posts: 28; Member since: Jan 07, 2019

They both are capable to make their own software and then android will be dead coz Samsung and Huawei are the main players of an android platform

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 7253; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Good luck! Oh, btw, how many users does WeChat has outside China? Enough to fill a "big bus"? Well that's going to be Huawei's os future market share.

12. mootu

Posts: 1503; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Any OS they release would still be Android, Google does not own Android, it's open source and anyone can use it. Any ban would be for Google Mobile Services which means Huawei wouldn't be able to include GMS in the sale of the phone. Huawei's phones would still be compatable with Googles services and anyone could still install these services themselves. which i have no doubt Huawei would make it very easy to do.

15. Ichimoku

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

The license does not grant rights to the "Android" trademark, so device manufacturers and wireless carriers have to license it from Google under individual contracts. Wikipedia

31. mootu

Posts: 1503; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Only if using GMS. Anyone can use and modify AOSP as they wish, it's am open source project. Thats why OS's such as Amazons Fire OS exist.

20. Leo_MC

Posts: 7253; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Android is a gateway to Google's ecosystem; it's worthless without Google apps (just think about the Fire phone/tablet by Amazon). It will be ok in China and a flop outside.

21. TheOracle1

Posts: 2222; Member since: May 04, 2015

Not true. All Google apps are replaceable. Maps - Here Maps, search - DuckDuckgo, app store - F-Droid. Just about all of them. Amazon products are compatible too but they're locked down. Get your facts straight Leo.

34. mootu

Posts: 1503; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Google apps would still be compatable, it's just that Huawei wouldn't be able to ship a phone with them, it would be down to the user to install them if they wish to.

38. Leo_MC

Posts: 7253; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Suuure they are! /s I remember Nokia - which replaced all Google related from their first Android devices - became no. 1 once more. Or that was only inside someone's imagination?

13. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

I double dare them. no-one will buy huawei phones then.

18. inFla

Posts: 97; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Bet their system is an almost exact copy of android with a little spyware added in.

28. adeelzsoomro

Posts: 28; Member since: Jan 07, 2019

Android already a house of spyware since it’s birth

30. Venom

Posts: 3428; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

So with your deflection, you're admitting that Huawei is nothing but spyware?

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