The events caused by the US blockade of Huawei seem to be rushing in recent days, as the Chinese giant already had its own operating system in development to protect against a possible flight, forced or not, Android. This system, which we knew yesterday could be called Ark OS, would be ready.
The latest information comes from TechRadar Middle East, who has obtained an interview with Alaa Elshimy, Director and Vice President of Business Business of Huawei in the Middle East. In that interview, Elshimy affirms that the operating system is not only ready but the Chinese company plans its launch for next month.
As we said, the blockade of Huawei by the United States caused the Chinese to be left out of future updates of Android, being Google, a US company banned from working with Huawei. This statement, nuanced by both parties, was postponed 90 days in time thanks to a moratorium signed by the United States’ Department of Commerce.
Once this ninety-day moratorium ended, specifically on August 19, the blockade would rise again and Huawei would be isolated from US companies. All parties have made statements during this time, and although Trump has opened the door to a possible commercial solution, it seems that Huawei will continue with its contingency plan.
“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.
With these statements, Huawei says that its operating system, possibly Ark OS, will roll-out this coming June 2019, according to the deadlines offered by Elshimy. The system is expected to be the “Fuchsia” of Huawei, is compatible with mobile phones, laptops, connected devices, and other ecosystems.
For now, the operating system is known by its internal name, HongMeng, and we may soon learn much more about it. Next month, the G20 is also celebrated in which Trump and the president of China have to face each other.