Is Huawei trying to free itself from Android's clutches with its own OS?

Huawei has begun working on a mobile OS of its own as it “doesn’t want to be on the crutch of Android,” say a report.

According to a report in The Information, Huawei has set up a team in Scandinavia to build an alternative mobile operating system.

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The secret team working on the new mobile OS constitutes several ex-Nokia employees and will build the new OS as a contingency measure. This means that rather than replacing Android as the stock operating system in Huawei and Honor devices, the new OS will lurk in the background, willing to walk in if Huawei finally decides to do away with Google's services.

Huawei has hired ex-Apple mobile UI designer Abigail Brody who is presently working on refining Huawei's Emotion UI but will meet the secret team in August. As per the report, Brody will fix “glaring cosmetic issues” and “pain points” in a new version of Emotion UI that will launch this Fall. It is expected that Emotion UI will continue to feature in all Huawei and Honor phones until Huawei makes a specific announcement on discontinuing it.

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We are not sure if Huawei will experiment with its mobile OS the way Samsung does with Tizen OS. At present, Tizen OS powers a few budget handsets developed by Samsung but does not feature in Samsung's premium phones or even in mid-range ones. Samsung has said that it hopes to launch Tizen-based smartphones in countries like the US, Europe, China, Russia, Malaysia and Korea. Tizen is usually marketed as a versatile OS which boasts shorter boot time, faster web browsing and seamless multitasking as well as ensuring longer battery life. However, user experiences of the TouchWiz UI have so far been dampened over extreme lag times, periodic stutters and infuriating hangs.

Huawei has so far introduced its own set of smartphone processors, GPUs, battery saving technologies and other features to reduce its dependence on Qualcomm. Given that the likes of BlackBerry and Microsoft failed to compete effectively with Google's Android operating system, it will be interesting to see if the likes of Samsung's Tizen and Huawei's upcoming mobile OS will offer a better alternative to smartphone users in the future.

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