Huawei Plans Its Own Mobile OS and Processors to Lessen Reliance on US Firms

Steven Millward
10:45 pm on Sep 11, 2012

Hands-on with the MediaPad 10 FHD. (Image: staff)

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.

  • shenzhen guy

    This is old news. Huawei has been working on its own OS for a long time, at least two years as far as I know. The big bosses are making all the hackers in the company stressed with their short vision and high demands over this project. It’s been moving along really slowly.
    This whole thing about being a “plan B” is rubbish as well. Huawei was smoking something heavy when they first started the project. They wanted to replace Android in China’s domestic market. Fat chance. I told my friends that work there that it’s a pointless endeavor unless they shoot for something that’s truely cross platform and has its own ecosystem. They need to look more closely at how Tencent does things, or maybe even partner with Tencent on this project. Tencent is certainly more experienced in the software arena. Tencent is genius, first they copy someone elses product. Then they customize it for the Chinese market. The last thing they do is figure out a way to make money off of it. Eventually they do make money off of most everything they do. Huawei? they just sell a bunch of crap modems to south America and Egypt.

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