Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies is working on its proprietary mobile operating system (OS) since 2012 Following a US investigation into the company, the media reported.
The organization, which is also the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker, would ditch Google’s Android platform amid reports that it’s under evaluation by the US for breaching sanctions against Iran, the South China Morning Post reported on Sunday.
“The company started building its own OS after a US investigation into Huawei and ZTE at 2012. Huawei also includes its own OS for tablet computers and personal computers,” the report added.
According to media report, the US House Intelligence Committee found after a year-long investigation that the Chinese companies, Huawei Technologies and ZTE Inc, were a “national security threat because of their efforts to extract sensitive information from American businesses and their loyalties to the Chinese authorities”.
Google’s Android OS and Apple’s proprietary iOS have a stronghold on smartphone OS, accounting for 99.9 percent of the international marketplace, according to Gartner.
“The plan to construct a proprietary OS was launched by Huawei’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, and the company has never given up on it since it is seen as a strategic investment to get ready for ‘worst-case scenarios’,” the report added.
Huawei’s alternative to Android hasn’t yet been published as it is not “as good” as Android and the system does not have many third-party apps developed to it.
The company is presently under investigation. If the US Department of Justice finds it guilty of violating sanctions, it could impose criminal penalties on the smartphone maker.
Another Chinese player, ZTE, compensated $892 million in fines for exporting US technology to Iran last year.