The US trade ban has taken an extensive toll on Huawei, with the Chinese phone manufacturer having to swiftly find an alternative to the Android mobile operating system it now relies on due to Google being a US company.
The news prompted Google to announce that Huawei would lose access to its Android operating system.
No one knows exactly what will happen to Huawei in around two months, when a United States executive order is (theoretically) set to come into effect, essentially banning the Chinese tech giant from doing business with long-time partners like Google, Qualcomm, Intel, and possibly even Arm, to name just a few.
Previously, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business, said that the HongMeng OS for the worldwide market will be ready by the first half of 2020.
The smartphone industry, of course, is littered with the carcasses of operating systems that tried to break a lock on the iOS-Android duopoly, which is another reason why Huawei's next steps here are so perilous.
Although Google said existing Huawei phones will continue to receive Android security updates to protect the devices from viruses and hacking, the Chinese firm had to act to safeguard its plans for future product launches in worldwide markets. According to the company, it has around 270 million monthly active users on its self-operated AppGallery platform. As per the report, this new OS seems to be compatible with all Android apps and is said to have "increased security functions to protect personal data".
The company, also the world's second-largest maker of smartphones, has not yet revealed details about its OS.
But the world's number one manufacturer of telecommunications equipment and number two vendor of smartphones is sure doing everything it can to be prepared for any and all scenarios, including an increasingly likely situation in which the company would need to quickly roll out a homebrewed replacement for the most popular mobile operating system. Namely, employees of tech and entertainment giant Tencent, as well as Oppo and Vivo engineers.
Huawei representatives in Peru declined to provide immediate comment, while the Chinese embassy in Lima did not respond to requests for comment.