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Huawei has a backup OS in case it loses access to Android

Huawei has a backup OS in case it loses access to Android

Huawei began building the OS in 2012, after seeing the writing on the wall when the USA banned Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE from using American products and services.

The US alleges during meetings with an unnamed banking institution in the US, Wanzhou misrepresented Huawei's ownership and control of Iranian affiliate Skycom.

"Huawei does have backup systems but only for use in extenuating circumstances".

Operating system might not be the only thing that the company must have a "plan B" for.

Trade secret thefts, violations of economic sanctions, unethical business dealings with Iran through unofficial subsidiary are some of the charges that have been applied by the US governments against Huawei.

Meng was arrested at the Vancouver airport last December and remains in her extradition case moves through the courts.

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And because both Android and Windows are developed in the United States, Huawei's backup plan is to replace both with its own operating system that can run on the company's smartphones and PCs.

South China Morning Post quotes a Huawei spokesperson as confirming that this operating system does exist, only that the company doesn't believe it would ever use it.

"We fully support our partners' operating systems - we love using them and our customers love using them".

"Android and Windows will always remain our first choices", the source added.

Australia has made its sovereign decision, says Marise Payne.

The US has reportedly said it will cooperate less with German intelligence agencies if Germany allows Huawei to take part in its 5G build-outs. Huawei already makes its own smartphone processors as well. This comes as a huge blow to Huawei as the U.S. is a major market and losing out on it puts a lid on the company's revenue to some extent. In a crowded market, is there room for a third OS?