Huawei's consumer business CEO Yu Chengdong has confirmed that the company’s own operating system designed for the next generation of technology will be available in the fall of this year or at the latest next spring.
The reason why Huawei is taking this bold step is because earlier this month, Google pulled off Huawei’s Android license – complying with an order from the US commerce department. Huawei has been put on the ‘Entity List’ by the US Secretary of Commerce to block technology transactions that pose national security risks.
A day after the ban, Huawei was granted a temporary license for a period of 90 days to keep pushing software updates to its phones for the next three months. Huawei is allowed to use Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
Soon after Google, Intel and Qualcomm also cut ties with Huawei -- a major blow to the Chinese tech giant to source US components. While according to the media reports, Huawei has stockpiled enough of components to last approx. a year, but at some point, in time, the supplies will run out.
Designing its own OS represents a way forward for Huawei, but a device also needs to have storage components, display, chips, etc. And if the ban continues, Huawei will have to find many replacements at once.
According to Chengdong, the new operating system will work not only on mobile phones, computers, tablets, TVs, cars and smart wearable devices, but will be compatible will all Android applications. If the Android app is recompiled, the running performance is improved by more than 60 per cent in this operating system, which is a future-oriented microkernel.