Lately, we have been hearing a lot of talk according to which Huawei is going to partner up with Google this year in order to produce the next-gen Nexus handset. If the information turns out to be true, it will be a big break for Huawei, who has been striving to increase its presence in the Western markets.
On top of that, Huawei wants to become less and less dependent on third-party partners. The company is already producing its own Kirin chipsets, and the most recent reports claim Huawei is looking to do the same in terms of software.
This piece of information is in line with some older reports which, at some point in time, claimed that both Huawei and ZTE were engaged in developing their own mobile operating system, in an attempt to break away from Android.
Reducing dependence on Google’s OS is becoming the hot topic of these recent months, it seems. You might remember that Cyanogen has famously announced its intention of building an Android version that is no longer reliant on Google.
Sources talking to Gizmo China claim that the Chinese device maker is working on a phone equipped with a self-developed mobile system, dubbed Kirin OS. The operating system has been in development in the company’s laboratories for the past three years.
We’re also told that this will be a standalone operating system which will work in tandem with Huawei’s in-house silicone piece.
In this regard, the Chinese manufacturer seems to be following the footsteps of Samsung, who, after producing its Exynos SoC, took to developing its own operating system called Tizen. The OS is slow to take off, though.
The Samsung Z1 is the only smartphone on the market equipped with Tizen, and the Korean tech giant also rolled out a bunch of wearables running the platform. But that’s all. We’re still light-years away from seeing third-party manufacturers pick up Tizen for their products.
Huawei’s OS might meet a similar fate, unless the company manages to come up with something extraordinary, something capable of making us forget all about Android. But that’s hard to believe at this point.