“Huawei, the second largest Android phone maker in market share behind Samsung, is ‘secretly developing an alternative mobile operating system’ in a bid to hedge its bets against Google’s increasingly assertive control over Android,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.
“China’s Huawei (pronounced ‘wah-way’) is working to embellish its current Android ‘skin’ appearance the on phones it sells to appear less like a copy of iOS, but the company is also working on an OS of its own as a contingency measure, reported Amir Efrati of The Information,” Dilger reports. “While achieving high volume sales in China, Huawei has struggled to gain a footing in the US and other markets. Huawei ‘hasn’t yet been able to strike a deal for a top U.S. wireless carrier to sell one of its flagship phones,’ the report noted. ‘That’s probably because the U.S. government forbids those same carriers from using Huawei telecom equipment due to fears of Chinese government snooping.'”
Dilger reports, “Samsung has struggled to develop its own OS software, initially serving as a licensee for Nokia’s Symbian, then adopting Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and toying with Linux, including the Bada and Tizen projects.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The Android slaves are getting restless.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dominick P.” for the heads up.]