Over the years, Huawei has cemented its position as one of the top manufacturers in the smartphone industry around the world, especially in the United States. Huawei does not only shine in the flagship sector but also low end and mid-tier phones, all of which have been heavily praised by users. Currently, it seems like it has become powerful enough to become completely independent, but things aren’t that simple because there is a very significant reason behind this possible approach to the company’s future.
In the current day, the company is facing a massive legal attack from the United States government and a threat to its telecoms business. It has denied being a gateway to Beijing’s foreign data surveillance through its 5G telecom equipment — advanced, yet cheap to install — though intelligence agencies have put major doubt into this.With the US suing Huawei for intellectual property theft and sanctions fraud and Huawei suing the US back for what it believes to be an unjust federal ban on its products, there might be a dire need for Huawei to come up with an alternate plan before completely breaking off ties with all the companies it is allied with for cameras, operating system and smartphone chips.
In an interview with Die Welt, company chairman Richard Yu said that globalized economies are interdependent on each other to survive — that means Huawei still has a place within American business.
“We cannot sell our smartphones in the US. That’s a consequence. But this has no impact on our smartphone business in the rest of the world. Our market shares are growing fast. The Android software on our devices even comes from Google, an American company. We work with many US companies, including Qualcomm and Microsoft.”
The executive has also confirmed that it has prepared its own operating system.
“Should it ever happen that we can no longer use these systems, we would be prepared,” he said. “That’s our plan B. But of course, we prefer to work with the ecosystems of Google and Microsoft.”
Rumours of Huawei working on its own OS has been leaking around since 2016 and considering how
things stand currently, it might need to speed it up.