Earlier this week the United States government issued technology giant Huawei a blacklisting that required American firms to get permission before selling anything to the Chinese firm.
The US then later granted a temporary 90-day provision which allowed Huawei to continue using American technology, and in particular have access to Google’s Android ecosystem.
According to CNBC, Huawei issued a statement saying that it could have its own operating system by end of this year or by early 2020, if it were to be completely stopped from using Google’s and Microsoft’s software as an OS option for its mobile and desktop hardware.
“Huawei is still committed to Microsoft Windows and Google Android. But if we cannot use that, Huawei will prepare plan B to use our own OS,” said CEO of Huawei consumer business group, Richard Yu.
Furthermore, CNBC said that Huawei’s app store known as the App Gallery would be available on its own operating system, which is installed on most Huawei devices currently.
“We don’t want to do this but we will be forced to do it because of the U.S government. I think this kind of thing will also not be bad news for us, but also bad news for the U.S companies because we support the U.S business, so we will be forced to do this on our own,” added Yu.
Huawei taking this route makes a lot of sense, especially as the company has been working on its operating system for some time now, but hasn’t been ready to go to market. As such this week’s developments, as well as what occurs during the next three months, will determine whether Huawei fast tracks its OS’ development.
With Huawei having reached the number two spot among global smartphone brands, as well as leading the way in terms of 5G hardware, the momentum lost by not having proper OS support could prove catastrophic.
Either way the rest of 2019 is shaping up to be potentially the most significant period in Huawei’s history.[Source – CNBC]