The legal battle between Huawei and the US could take a nasty turn, and the company is prepared for its after effects. In a recent interview with Die Welt, Huawei executive Richard Yu has said that the company has developed its own operating system in case the US enforces a ban on services like Android and Windows.
According to the South China Morning Post, the China-based company has been working on an Android alternative since 2012 — right about the time when the U.S. started investigating ZTE and Huawei.
Yu said, “We have prepared our own operating system, if it turns out we can no longer use these systems, we will be ready and have our plan B.”
The ongoing tussle between the US lawmakers and Huawei deepened when the company sued the US for banning the major government contractors from using Huawei-developed products. The company wrote in its lawsuit that the US “unconstitutionally singled out Huawei for punishment.”
According to Yu, Huawei would prefer working with Google and Microsoft but could launch its own proprietary operating system if the situation worsens.
Operating system might not be the only thing that the company must have a “plan B” for. Huawei might also have to look for hardware partners as it uses Intel processors in its Windows laptops.
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Huawei could partner with MediaTek for it, but MediaTek processors are, generally, meant for low-performance devices. Alternatively, it could develop its own processors for laptops just like it’s developing a backup OS.
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