What happened: Huawei’s mobile chief confirmed that it has developed its own operating system for phones, tablets, and computers in the event that escalating tensions between the US and China cut off its use of Google’s Android system.
Huawei, the largest smartphone maker in China, began building the Android alternative in 2012, after the US began investigating whether Huawei and ZTE pose threats to national security.
“We have prepared our own operating system, if it turns out we can no longer use these systems, we will be ready and have our plan B,” Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer products division, said in an interview with German news outlet Die Welt.
Why it’s important: The tension between the smartphone company and the US seems to be escalating amid the months-long US-China trade war.
The US has become increasingly wary of Huawei’s network equipment and smartphones over the past year and has been leading a campaign against the use of Huawei products.
Earlier this month, Huawei filed a lawsuit against the US government in response to a ban that prohibits federal agencies from using its equipment.