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Huawei eyes fall release of mobile OS in case of Android ban

US blacklist will not harm finances or 5G plans, CEO Ren Zhengfei says

Google has suspended certain business with Huawei Technologies in response to a U.S. Commerce Department order blacklisting the Chinese smartphone maker.   © Reuters

GUANGZHOU -- With the prospect of Google denying access to updates of its Android operating system, Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies is preparing to release its own operating system as early as this fall.

A Huawei operating system will be ready to be commercialized between this fall and the spring of 2020, said Richard Yu Chengdong, head of the company's smartphone unit, according to Chinese news accounts Tuesday. The operating system will reportedly be compatible with the company's broad lineup, including tablet devices and personal computers.

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