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Android ban forces Huawei to accelerate its OS project

Unless you just came from a cave, you must have heard about the ongoing row between Huawei and the U.S. government that has led to Google restricting Huawei’s access to core features of Android OS.

As a result, Huawei has been forced to find a quick solution to this whole thing and apparently, the company will now “accelerate the OS project” it has been working on for the past several years.

According to The Information, the replacement OS from Huawei is codenamed “Project Z” and even though the Chinese company is ramping up development, people familiar with the process say the project is “far from ready.”

This report contradicts previous claims that Huawei will begin rolling out the new OS by this fall, further noting this project has always been a target for the Chinese market and not something to fully replace Android across the globe.

The project’s focus has always been the domestic market, where Huawei hopes its operating system will power all kinds of devices – from phones to wearables to appliances – when China moves to the next-generation 5G wireless network.

Even if Huawei develops its own OS, it would be a huge task bringing developers on board. On this, the company last year opened up its App Gallery to global users – and developers – in a move that could be crucial with respect to the latest developments.

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