Would customers still buy their phones though?
Huawei’s spat with the US government isn’t going to get resolved any time soon, and the Chinese giant is already looking at contingencies if it’s ever cut off from the operating system it relies on to sell smartphones. Huawei reportedly has its own backup OS ready to go in the event it’s ever cut off from both Android or Windows.
Huawei’s contingency efforts started back in 2012 when it saw how rival ZTE’s reliance on US technology hurt them when the US government cut off their access to American products and services. With the increased tensions between the Chinese company and the US government at an all-time high, it looks like Huawei’s contingency plans weren’t such a bad idea after all.
“Huawei does have backup systems but only for use in extenuating circumstances. We don’t expect to use them, and to be honest, we don’t want to use them,” said a Huawei spokesperson on Thursday. “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,” Huawei’s mobile chief Richard Yu Chengdong, said in an interview with German publication Die Welt.
As for now, things are still plodding on as normal, as Huawei still uses Android and Windows for its phones and notebooks. The most obvious question is this: will customers still buy Huawei’s hardware if it shipped with a different OS? Will Huawei’s solid hardware be enough of a reason for people to endure the switch to whatever OS they have in the pipeline?