The 90-day temporary relief from the ban on Huawei is ending in August and the company is working on a back-up plan. The Chinese tech giant is deploying the backup plan in its key markets after the US sanction threatened its business.
Huawei has decided to come up with its own OS called HongMeng and has been trademarking it in several countries around the world. In a recent interview, the vice president of Huawei’s public affairs and communications, Andrew Williamson said, “Huawei is in the process of potentially launching a replacement, presumably we’ll be trying to put trademarks.”
Huawei is working towards the release of its first HongMeng devices in October. Reports say it has shipped out 1 million devices for testing purposes. Which, I must say, was pretty fast.
Patents Around the World
Just last month, Huawei got its HongMeng trademark approved by the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). A recent World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) report revealed that Huawei has filed patents to request a trademark for its HongMeng OS in a number of countries around the globe.
These countries include Cambodia, the European Union, Indonesia, Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand.
The description that was given with the trademark request shows that Huawei’s HongMeng OS is meant to be used in smartphones, tablets and personal computers.
Even though building an OS from a scratch, especially if you have to compete with companies like Google, is no easy task, the main issue that Huawei will face is app support. Previously, some reports were published regarding Huawei’s partnership with Aptoide, with its 900,000 app portfolio but we don’t know if it will be able to replace Google Play Store in its entirety.
Only time will tell how HongMeng OS fares after it debuts in October.