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Huawei: Our own OS could be ready for use later this year

By Cookie Monster - on 24 May 2019, 6:00am

Huawei: Our own OS could be ready for use later this year

Contrary to The Information's report that Huawei's own OS is "far from ready", the Chinese company revealed the OS could be ready for use later this year. 

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business, told CNBC that the company could have its own OS ready for use in phones and laptops in China by fall this year. The international version of the OS could be ready by Q1 or Q2 next year.

The App Gallery, which it has been building for more than a year, would be available on the OS. Yu stressed that the OS would only be rolled out if Huawei is permanently blocked from using Google or Microsoft products. 

“Today, Huawei, we are still committed to Microsoft Windows and Google Android. But if we cannot use that, Huawei will prepare the plan B to use our own OS,” Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business, told CNBC on Thursday.

“We don’t want to do this but we will forced to do that because of the U.S. government. I think the U.S., this kind of thing, will also not only 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,” Yu said. “We don’t want to do this but we have no other solution, no other choice.”

Neil Shah, a research director at Counterpoint Research, warned that Huawei will face difficulties in rolling out its own OS. The OS needs to match Android or Windows in user experience, app ecosystem and security. 

“Ensuring security of apps is paramount which involves scanning and certification of apps for the store which is a humongous task and could be challenging and resource intensive. The last thing Huawei would want is privacy or security issues plaguing the offering,” Shah told CNBC.

Shah also highlighted the issue of Huawei securing critical components. ARM has suspended business with Huawei, which resulted in the Chinese company not being able to develop or build future processors on ARM architecture. If the OS is designed to work with ARM architecture, it would become unusable. 

“If they can’t manufacture their own ARM-based chipsets having an OS doesn’t matter. So not losing access to ARM IP (intellectual property) would be important as a first step,” Shah said.

Source: CNBC

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