We recently reported that Huawei might be working on developing its own mobile operating system, as to reduce dependency on Google’s Android. The smartphone developer has already started co-opting ex-Nokia employees and the company might even be working on speeding up the development process.

Huawei’s CEO reportedly decided to address rumors on the company working on its own OS, to possibly replace Google’s Android OS. GizmoChina reported that Huawei CEO Richard Yu made some comments on his Weibo account.

He mentioned that Android has always promoted the development of smartphones, with an emphasis on customer satisfaction. The CEO mentioned that Huawei will keep using Android on its smartphones, as long as Google maintains its openness of Android OS. Considering that the company is working on its own OS, the CEO might have some doubts on Google keeping its end of the bargain.

Huawei’s mobile OS could be named Kirin OS

Rumors say that Huawei’s upcoming OS could be named Kirin, but the CEO didn’t make any comments on this. Reports also say that Huawei has gone as far as to co-opt engineers from other brands so that they can speed up the development of its OS.

Until the mobile OS will be ready for unveiling, Huawei is expected to release the next EMUI version this fall. EmotionUI 5.0 will resemble stock Android, after previous versions seems to have taken some design ideas from Apple’s iOS, or at least when it came to app icons.

As it turns out, Huawei isn’t the only smartphone manufacturer that’s considering straying away from Google’s OS. Samsung is rumored to have increased its investments in Tizen OS, featured on some of its devices. The South Korean company seems a bit more determined to stop using Android completely on all devices that it produces, especially flagship series like the Galaxy S series.

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