Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has developed a proprietary operating system for its smartphones and computers as a backup, in case the use of Google LLC's Android and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows is blocked, the South China Morning Post reported March 14.
Richard Yu Chengdong, CEO of the consumer business group at Huawei, said in an interview with a German publication cited in the report, that the operating system was developed, and that the availability of U.S.-made operating systems may be impacted as trade tensions between China and the U.S. rise. The comment also confirms earlier reports of a project to create an alternative to Android.
A Huawei spokesperson said the company does not want to use its own operating system, except in "extenuating circumstances."
Huawei filed a lawsuit March 7 against the U.S. government, for banning its equipment, challenging the "constitutionality" of Section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.
The U.S. earlier filed criminal charges against Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets from U.S. businesses. Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada in December 2018 at the request of the U.S. government for allegedly violating sanctions against Iran.