China’s Huawei is planning to develop its own mobile OS, according to none other than founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei. The telecoms firm and smartphone maker also plans to increase its line of high-end mobile processors – after recently debuting its MediaPad 10 FHD (pictured) with the company’s homegrown K3v2 Cortex-A9 1.4GHz quad-core processor. All of that ostensibly to reduce its reliance on US firms for software and CPUs. It sounds odd, but then that’s not too different from what Samsung is trying to do so as not to be too reliant on Android.
Marbridge Daily adds:
Ren pointed out that Huawei plans to invest US$400 million and 20,000 employees in entering the handset chip sector, and that subsidiary HiSilicon Technologies is a key player in the process and a long-term strategic investment. Ren stated that HiSilicon “must stand on its own two feet” in order to reduce Huawei’s dependence on US chipset providers.