China’s telecommunications giant, Huawei, is developing its own operating system for its mobile phones, replacing Android, reports Thursday, May 23, 2019, the American television channel CNBC, noting that this alternative system would be available in China before the end of the year.
The telecommunications equipment supplier, suspected of potential espionage by the United States, will have to do without the Android system that equips its smartphones, following US sanctions, according to Google, owner of Android.
“Huawai remains committed to Android,” said Richard Yu, a senior Huawei executive quoted by the US channel.
“But if we can not use it, Huawei will prepare a plan B, using our own operating system,” he said, adding that the system could be launched in the fourth quarter in the Chinese market.
Internationally, the system would be available early next year, he added.
The Chinese media revealed on Monday that Huawei’s operating system, “HongMeng OS”, is in the testing phase and will gradually replace the Android system. “We do not want to get there, but we will be forced because of the US administration,” said Yu.