Huawei Trademarks New Mobile OS To Replace Google's Android

Huawei Hongseng OS
A Huawei company logo is seen at a shopping mall in Shanghai (Photo: Reuters / Aly Song)

After losing its commercial license to use Google's Android operating system as a direct result of the escalation in the trade war between China and the United States, Huawei was left no choice but to build its own OS.

According to reports, Huawei has apparently now finished building its own operating system and is in fact in the process of trademarking the new software in various countries around the world.

The company's has hundreds of millions of smartphones in active use all throughout the world and having no operating system wouldn't really be an acceptable situation. A UN report has revealed that Huawei is currently attempting to trademark the new OS in Europe and in at least nine other countries. This may indicate that the company is now very close to a global launch of the software, which is currently being named "Hongmeng OS."

Huawei initially scrambled to build its own mobile operating system after the United States included it in its trade blacklist. The move essentially banned Huawei from getting electrical components and software from US companies. The US government had required all tech companies to comply with the ban, including Alphabet Inc, which owned the Android OS being used in Huawei's smartphones.

According to Huawei's vice president of public affairs and communications, Andrew Williamson, the company's new Hongmeng OS is now apparently moving forward and it could be launched very soon. Before that happens, the company is making sure that it has all its legal bases covered with trademarks in countries where it sells its devices.

Data from the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) revealed that Huawei has already filed for a trademark for the OS in countries such as South Korea, New Zealand, Canada, and Cambodia. Huawei submitted its trademark application to the European Union Intellectual Property Office and South Korea on May 14, a few days after the US threatened to include the company in its trade blacklist.

Huawei executives previously stated that it had already prepared for such an occasion and that the company has been preparing a backup operating system in case the US would cut it off from its suppliers. This likely started when the United States had accused Huawei of being the Chinese government's instrument to spy on other countries. Huawei has adamantly denied all of the US' accusations against it.

Huawei has yet to reveal any details about its new operating system. However, its trademark applications to indicate that the OS will be used on different gadgets that will include smartphones, tablets, robotic systems, vehicles, and portable computers. Huawei reportedly already got its trademark approved in China since last year.

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