Huawei, over the years has strived to be one of the top Android Smartphone manufacturers and quite possibly is on the road to achieving it. However, it is assumed that Huawei is working on removing the Android OS from its flagships. A new report claims the Chinese giant is working on an in-house OS to rival Android and Apple’s iOS.

The Information reports that Huawei is developing a brand new software in secret. We’re still pretty short on details, but an Android alternative could give the Chinese company a nice backup plan if its relationship with Google starts to sour. It could also provide some extra leverage in future deals with the search giant.

Samsung has shown to have taken a similar approach with Tizen, a Linux-based OS that powers wearable devices such as the Gear S2 and Gear Fit 2. The Korean giant also had plans to bring Tizen OS to its mobile division but that hit major roadblocks, including multiple delays and a lack of third-party app support.

Huawei currently, is known for its obnoxious Android skin EMUI, but it is working tirelessly to improve the current skin. The company hired former Apple designer Abigail Brody to improve its software last September. The Informationsays she’s working  on“glaring cosmetic issues” and “pain points” with the UI, adding that she plans to improve it without copying Apple.

Brody worked at Apple for almost a decade from 2001 to 2011, contributing to dozens of projects including OS X and the original iPhone software. It’s unclear if she’s also working on Huawei’s in-house OS project, but it seems likely she would be at least somewhat involved.

Kevin Nether