Huawei reportedly has a backup OS for “worst-case scenarios” like a U.S ban

With ZTE banned from buying U.S products and services, will Huawei suffer the same fate and be the next Chinese company to be dragged into the US-China trade war? Well, the top-selling smartphone brand in China and world’s biggest telecommunications equipment manufacturer has been preparing for “worst-case scenarios” like this for many years according to sources familiar with Huawei’s plans. 

Huawei reportedly started developing its own operating system (OS) after the U.S initiated an investigation against it and ZTE in 2012. The company has its own OS for tablets and PCs, but has not released the OS as it is not as good as Android and lacks an extensive third-party app ecosystem. 

This lines up with two reports in 2016 and 2015 when Huawei was rumored to be developing a mobile OS with help from former Nokia engineers to reduce reliance on Google Android. However, Zhao Ming, president of Honor, a smartphone brand owned by Huawei, claimed otherwise: 

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