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Huawei Denies Report It Plans Mobile System to Rival Android

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Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Huawei Technologies Co., China’s biggest telephone equipment maker, said it has no immediate plan for a mobile operating system following a report on the Sohu.com website that it would develop a backup to Google Inc.’s Android.

“Huawei will not be launching a proprietary operating system in the foreseeable future,” Scott Sykes, a spokesman for Shenzhen-based Huawei, said in an e-mail today. “Our innovation strategy is governed by our commitment to open collaborations.”

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei told workers at the company’s research unit that it needs to develop a mobile operating system in case it lost access to Android or Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone system, Sohu.com’s business news website reported on Sept. 10.

The company, which runs its Ascend P1 flagship smartphone on Android 4.0, is expanding sales of handsets and tablets that use Google’s operating system as it diversifies revenue from phone network equipment. Increasing mobile device sales and pushing into cloud- and business-computing services are part of the company’s plan to more than triple revenue to $100 billion by 2021, from $32 billion last year.

The Sohu report quoted Ren saying a mobile operating system is a “strategic consideration” and “disaster preparedness” for Huawei in the event that companies like Google or Microsoft cut off access to their operating systems.

“We don’t have a timetable to introduce our own operating system, and we are not expecting that in the near future,” Sykes said.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Edmond Lococo in Beijing at elococo@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Tighe at mtighe4@bloomberg.net

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