Huawei says their android replacement will launch in June
The OS, which could be called Ark OS when launched, is expected to be compatible with mobile phones, computers, tablets, TVs, connected cars, smartwatch, smart wearables and others according to sources.
On May 20, a blanket ban was followed by major companies since Google announced that it would partially cut off Huawei devices from its Android operating system but was given a temporary license until August 19 by the US White House. This move was followed by major tech companies like Intel, Qualcomm, Micron, ARM and Western Digital and the Bluetooth, SD and WiFi consortium have also restricted their licenses with Huawei.
"Huawei knew this was coming and was preparing. The OS was ready in January 2018 and this was our 'Plan B'," said Alaa Elshimy, Managing Director and Vice President of Huawei Enterprise Business Group Middle East to TechRadar Middle East.
"We did not want to bring the OS to the market as we had a strong relationship with Google and others and did not want to ruin the relationship. Now, we are rolling it out next month."
Huawei say that all applications that work with android are expected to work with this new OS without any need for further customization, Elshimy claims, adding that users will be able to download apps from the Huawei AppGallery. This is in line that Huawei is still using a forked version of Google's open source android license.