The company has developed a plan “B” against the background of deteriorating relations with the US government.
Huawei has created a backup operating system in case of a serious deterioration in relations with the United States. The Chinese company intends to switch to it if it cannot use Windows and Android on smartphones and computers. This was told to the German site Die Welt CEO of Huawei Technologies Consumer Business Group Richard Yu.
We have prepared our own operating system. If it happens that we can no longer use these systems [Windows and Android], we will be ready. This is our plan “B”. But, of course, we would like to continue to work with the ecosystems of Google and Microsoft.
Richard YuHead of Huawei Consumer Business Group
According to the South China Morning Post, Huawei began developing a backup operating system back in 2012, when the United States launched the first investigation into the company. The representative of Huawei said that the company is not going to and does not want to use its own OS, as users like Windows and Android more.
The head of Huawei made a statement amid the deteriorating situation between Huawei and the US government. First, the American authorities banned the company’s products in government agencies, and then accused her of industrial espionage. As suggested by CNBC, the United States wants to undermine Huawei’s market power.
How did the relationship between Huawei and the American authorities deteriorate
- In August 2018, the United States passed the updated National Defense Act, under which Huawei products were banned from use in government departments. US senators said the devices threaten the security of the country;
- In December 2018, the finance director of the company Meng Wangzhou was detained in Canada on suspicion of violating US trade sanctions against Iran. Investigators believe that she was transporting American devices to Iran and received money through a subsidiary;
- In January 2019, Huawei fired an employee who was detained in Poland on suspicion of espionage. The company said it acted independently;
- On January 29, the US Department of Justice accused Huawei of industrial espionage and technology theft. The agency’s report states that the company was engaged in money laundering, trade secrets, and bank fraud;
- In February 2019, Trump called on European partners to abandon Huawei’s 5G technology in their networks because of security threats.