There has been reports going around lately saying that Huawei, the world’s 3rd largest smartphone manufacturer, is developing its own mobile OS. Currently the phones that are manufactured by Huawei are run on Android with a custom skin on top called EMUI, but Huawei is building an alternative operating system in case Huawei’s relationship with Google goes down.
Reports are saying the company has a team working on the new OS in Scandinavia, with the engineers including ex-Nokia employees. Even though Huawei isn’t the only phone manufacturer building an alternative OS (Samsung has its own Tizen OS) The Information say the operating system “isn’t far along”.
More imminent changes are happening to EMUI though, which was criticised by Western phone reviewers for copying iOS’s design. Back in October Huawei hired ex-Apple designer Abigail Brody to oversee an overhaul of its Android skin. The company is set to unveil the new software in September.
According to The Information, changes could include the addition of an app drawer, redesigned icons, and a “very clean, fresh” colour palette.
Huawei has a strong desire to become a global electronics brand, but at the moment it sells nearly all of its handsets in China. The company has yet to secure a deal with a carrier in the US, and the lack of credibility in the US, part of which is due to its unoriginal software.
Source: The Verge