Huawei Has Made Its Own Smartphone and PC OSes … Just in Case

Ren Zhengfei founder and CEO of HuaweiAP

Huawei has revealed a plan B in case the trade war between China and the West means it is no longer allowed to use the Android operaing system.

The firm has been working on an operating system that could replace Android since 2012 when the United States opened an investigation into both ZTE and itself, according to the South China Morning Post. "That's our plan B. But of course we prefer to work with the ecosystems of Google and Microsoft", he reportedly said, according to a translation. Various company's have attempted and failed to break the duopoly by launching phones with different operating systems.

However, in case the firm loses the court battle and things go worse than expected, Huawei says it's more than ready.

Huawei lawyers on Thursday also pleaded not guilty to federal charges that its CFO Meng Wanzhou violated USA trade sanctions on dealing with Iran and hid its dealings in the country through a subsidiary. "We don't expect to use them, and to be honest, we don't want to use them", the spokesperson explained. We last heard about Huawei's own Android OS rival back in May past year.

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Huawei is cautious of export bans.

Having its own OS to power its laptops and smartphones as substitutes for Windows and Android safeguards Huawei's ability to keep operating. Huawei already makes its own smartphone processors as well. It doesn't, however, have laptop processors, relying mostly on US-made Intel chips.

The world's second-largest handset player by market share now uses the Android OS for its handsets and Microsoft's Windows for its laptops and tablets.

Huawei at a press conference held recently at its headquarters in Shenzhen, China, confirmed it has slammed a lawsuit against the U.S. authorities over the former ban on its telecommunications equipment.

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