Huawei to launch bespoke OS to move away from Google

Chinese device manufacturer Huawei is developing a bespoke operating system to decrease its dependency on Google’s Android OS.

Huawei’s current user interface, EMUI, is based on Android. The firm, which is the world’s number three smartphone manufacturer, has taken the step of developing its own OS to safeguard against a deterioration in its relationship with Google.

While the development of the OS is reportedly not far along, it is believed to be underway in Scandinavia, with former Nokia engineers working on the project. The move echoes that of rival Samsung, which has created a Linux-based OS known as Tizen to reduce its reliance on Google for services and applications.

Last October, Huawei brought former Apple designer Abigail Brody on board to oversee a redesign of EMUI after the OS was criticised for its resemblance to Apple’s iOS. Changes are expected to include an overhaul of the icons and colour scheme.

Brody claimed that she believed Huawei could be “the world’s number one, the most advanced and favourite lifestyle centric ecosystem, and without having to copy Apple at all, ever”.

EMUI is due for reveal in September.


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