Worried about losing access to Android, Huawei has been building its own OS?

Worried about losing access to Android, Huawei has been building its own OS?
As you probably know by now, if it loses its last chance appeal with the U.S. government, Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE faces a life without U.S. exports until March 2025. That means it could have an immediate future without the Android OS, Snapdragon chips, and any other parts sourced from U.S. firms. Now, with word that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating Huawei for violating sanctions against Iran, the buzz out of China is that the company has been building a backup OS just for situations like this.

Actually, Huawei has a few reasons for worrying. Besides possibly losing access to U.S. exports for trading with Iran, there always is the possibility that the U.S.-China trade war will escalate to include more products. With iOS and Android accounting for 99.9% of the operating systems used on smartphones, there isn't much of a solution for Huawei except to build its own OS. Losing its license from Google to use Android means that Huawei would be without Google Services. This would mean that the manufacturer would not be able to pre-install any Google apps on its phones, including the Google Play Store.

A report published today cites four sources who each claim that Huawei has been working on its own OS. One of the four went on to say that this has been a work in progress since 2012, when the U.S. government first accused Huawei (and ZTE) of espionage. The plan was supposedly put in place by Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, who said in a speech at that time, "We are developing our own OS out of strategic consideration, because won’t we be doomed if they suddenly cut off our food, don’t allow us to use Android or Windows 8."

Huawei already has its own OS for tablets and personal computers, and it created the Kirin line of chipsets that power its smartphones. But the company doesn't sound like it expects its worse-case scenario to play out as far as Android is concerned. Zhao Ming, president of Huawei sub-brand Honor, said this week at an event in Beijing that while Huawei does have the capability of producing its own OS, it won't be necessary. "We work very closely with Google and will continue to use its Android system," Ming noted. This sentiment was echoed in a statement released by Huawei that says the company has no plans to release its own OS, and will continue to use Android.


source: SCMP

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17 Comments

1. mahima

Posts: 696; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

sailfish os will always be there...

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6273; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Until carriers start to carry phones that run sailfish...it is what it is..

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3039; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Sailfish isn't American so there's that.

3. yalokiy

Posts: 840; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

No way Android can be banned for any company or user. Android is free and open source. Any company can use it without anybody's permission (including Google and US government). This article just proves how tech illiterate are phonearena writers.

4. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Except Huawei is preparing if they lose access to the version of ANDROID VIRTUALLY EVERYONE IN THE WORLD CARES ABOUT. Technically, PhoneArena IS tech literate. People primarily care about Google Services, which has become impossibly intertwined with Android. I mean, look at how badly Fire OS, Firefox OS, Ubuntu OS, Windows mobile/phone, and Sailfish failed. People don't care about all those services because they don't really fit well into their needs (i.e. Google Services).

6. yalokiy

Posts: 840; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Google services is not an Android version. Besides, there is not a word about Google services in this article. Are you trying to prove you are as tech illiterate as phonearena writers? All Chinese market Android phones come without Google services. If Huawei is banned from using Google services, they can still use Android any way they want. Having their own OS will not help them in any way get access to Google services.

7. Nimbus

Posts: 433; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

You are wrong google services and its PGA is not everything for our need in our option,there is apple apps ecosytem and its mac os apps ecosytem and programs for its own computer and microsoft windows 10 own apps and programs service UWA and its PGA design to run on tablet and computer sooner or later smartphone aka pc pocket smartphone.So we already have 3 option in our service to fulfil our need that any other company is too late fit in unless if its different kind of device for different need or under country own propertier os to let its country people use that os in their homeland without any license of other country os use in its product line.

11. yalokiy

Posts: 840; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

The failure of Android (AOSP) forks like FireOS doesn't deny the fact you are free to fork AOSP and use it however you wish.

9. xfire99

Posts: 1202; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

No, its not entirely free. Manufacture need to pay license fee to Google for google apps and google mobile services. Without GMS, cant use playstore and will need 3rd party appstores like in China.https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/23/how-google-controls-androids-open-source

10. yalokiy

Posts: 840; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Android (AOSP) is entirely free and has nothing to do with Google apps and Google mobile services. Nobody forces you to use Google services. Take a look at Amazon's FireOS, it's an Android OS completely Google free.

16. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 898; Member since: May 07, 2014

The only issue is the Play Store. Huawei has the means to run a successful app store of its own.

14. Trex95

Posts: 2314; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

With upcoming Android P (9) not anymore.

5. Nimbus

Posts: 433; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

This can't be happen,just see windows 10 mobile,salfish os and firefox os,none of them without good apps ecosytem able to succeed in mobile market people just refuse to buy them.Windows and android has to be there for both computer and mobile needs,both Google and Microsoft are developing their own new os Fushcia OS and Polaris OS both of them are codename andromeda for cross syncing use of os across all devices.It's too late Microsoft is king of coding computing and google is king of google apps service & search engine and ads while apple is king of its own seperate smartphone os.

12. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

dey talkin sht bcos android is using core LINUX and linux is free this site need slap for confusing and lying to ppl ..

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 1730; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I can see Huawei offering incentives to Chinese devs to make apps for this OS, which would then take care of part of the biggest issue with a new OS....app support. But the OS will need one key thing; Popular app support. If it doesn't have Gmail/Hangouts/Maps/etc, I won't even consider it (my number is ported to Google Voice, so I have to have Google app support). If Google didn't develop apps for Windows Phone, I don't see them developing for the Huawei OS. Also, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and popular mobile games will need to be compatible with this OS as well. If you don't get that, you don't have an OS.

15. Trex95

Posts: 2314; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Building OS it’s not an easy thing Huawei needs at least 5 to 6 years to build there own OS.

17. carlm21

Posts: 32; Member since: May 07, 2018

my mom uses this brand

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