A report from The Information (subscription required) claims that Huawei is building its own in-house OS as a possible “Plan B” to Android. To spearhead the development of an in-house operating system—and improve its Android skin—Huawei has hired former Apple designer Abigail Brody. The report says that the non-Android OS “isn’t far along” and is a ”contingency measure” in case Google’s current Android terms become undesirable to Huawei. Further ReadingThe first Tizen smartphone isn’t an “Android killer”—it’s a bad Android cloneHuawei is the number three smartphone OEM, behind Samsung and Apple. The Chinese company isn’t a huge deal in the West, though—a big portion of those sales come from Huawei’s home turf. Huawei is often seen as being in a position similar to Samsung’s, just at an earlier stage of development. Like Samsung, Huawei is a massive company. It’s the world’s largest telecom equipment manufacturer, and it designs its own SoCs. Now Huawei is taking another page from the Samsung playbook and is trying to develop an Android alternative. Samsung’s homegrown operating system is Tizen, a Linux-based OS that works a lot like Android (especially Samsung’s Android phones) but lacks the app ecosystem and developer support of Android. That’s the challenge with creating an Android alternative—can… Read full this story
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