Huawei Trademarks Its Own Mobile OS Around World After US Ban

Tencent, Xiaomi, Oppo Reportedly Testing Huawei’s HongMeng OS

President Trump's move in recent weeks to put Huawei on a blacklist that bans U.S. companies from doing business with the Chinese brand nearly immediately led to chatter that Huawei's ambition of one day being the biggest smartphone maker in the world just got kneecapped.

"We're not specifically asking anyone to lobby for us".

Reuters said the company has filed a trademark for Hongmeng in Europe and at least nine countries.

The report is in line with the speculations that suggested that the Hongmeng OS from Huawei could get launched around August or September.

It's a direct result of what Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer division, said earlier this year was the backup OS the company has been prepping for just such a turn of events like this, apparently long ago envisioning a day when it would need to wean itself off a reliance on USA companies.


If things go according to plan, Huawei will prove that it can stand on its own legs and doesn't need the western world for an operating system for smart devices.

The report also mentions that Huawei has been developing its own Android alternative together with Tencent representatives. HongMeng is at least 60 percent faster than Android, the report notes. "Rather, forcing network operators to rip out and replace their existing equipment would pose a greater threat to network stability and security". According to the company, it has around 270 million monthly active users on its self-operated AppGallery platform.

Once Huawei's OS formally hits the street, there will effectively be two kinds of Android operating system: the genuine version and a Huawei version which will be compatible to all Android apps.

The company, also the world's second-largest maker of smartphones, has not yet revealed details about its OS. "They're doing it by their own desire because, for many of them, Huawei is one of their major customers", he said. Because it's no longer allowed to use Android and Windows on its devices, the Chinese tech giant had to push back several devices, including a Windows laptop that was originally projected to launch this week.

Huawei, for sure, will face a challenge to build an ecosystem once it launches its OS, as getting all global app developers on board to tweak their products for the new Chinese platform won't be too easy.

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