Huawei was able to have its own smartphones and laptops ready-to-use operating system in China this fall, said the company's CNBC Consumer Department.
Nevertheless, he emphasized that it would only happen if the company had completely stopped using Google and Microsoft's software.
A display of Huawei phones, seen in the shopping street of the Old Town of Amman on January 30, 2019.
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Huawei has previously said it has its own operating system waiting in the wings if it were to be permanently blocked from Google and Microsoft software. Now, one of the company's top executives has told CNBC that the operating system could be ready in the fourth quarter of this year, with a version for its non-China markets available in either the first or second quarter of 2020.
"Huawei, today, remains committed For Microsoft Windows and Google Android, however, if we can't use it, Huawei will prepare plan B to use our own operating system, says Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business, to CNBC on Thursday.
If Huawei is not allowed to use Android, it can be malicious because the phones do not have a Google Play store where consumers can download apps. Instead, users have to find other ways to install favorite programs.
But Yu said that Huawei's own app store, known as the App Gallery , would be available on its own operating system. The App Gallery is currently installed on Huawei's devices, but Google's Play Store is often the default consumer app store e.
The Huawei leader emphasized that Huawei's own operating system would only be rolled out if the company was permanently blocked from using Google or Microsoft products.
"We don't want to do this, but we will have to do it because of the US government. I think the US, this kind of thing, will not only be bad news for us but also bad news for the US companies because we support the US business, so we will be forced to do so on our own, Yu says. "We will not do this, but we have no other solution, no other choice."
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