A Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. spokesperson said the company will not launch its own mobile operating system in June, calling speculation about such a launch an "internet rumor."
The comment follows a May 28 news report by TechRadar quoting Managing Director and Vice President of Huawei Enterprise Business Group Middle East Alaa Elshimy as saying a Huawei-developed OS that has been in development since early 2018 would launch "next month."
Responding to a request for comment by S&P Global Market Intelligence, a Huawei spokesperson said, "This is an internet rumor ... Any information to this effect would be released through official channels."
TechRadar later updated its report to include Huawei's statement denying an OS launch was imminent. However, the news outlet said Huawei confirmed it could launch its own OS in China late this year and internationally in 2020.
Huawei's access to Google's Android OS was briefly disrupted earlier this month when the U.S. government began requiring U.S. companies to obtain a special license to work with Huawei or its subsidiaries, severely curtailing U.S. companies' ability to work with Huawei. Some of those restrictions were later rolled back on a temporary basis. Google parent Alphabet Inc. is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif.