Huawei Has A New OS Named Harmony For The European Market

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is pictured on the company's stand during the 'Electronics Show - International Trade Fair for Consumer Electronics' at Ptak Warsaw Expo in Nadarzyn
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is pictured on the company's stand during the 'Electronics Show - International Trade Fair for Consumer Electronics' at Ptak Warsaw Expo in Nadarzyn, Poland, May 10, 2019. Picture taken May 10, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

In an unexpected turn of events, the controversial Chinese tech titan Huawei recently announced that the earlier reported OS dubbed as Hongmeng reportedly the company's backup for the Android OS is in fact not a replacement for Android. Additionally, the company published a new trademark for its latest operating system called Harmony. With the recent US ban temporarily on hold, it is understandable for the Chinese tech titan to do the necessary measures so it will not have any problems should the US continue its ban.

US President Donald Trump's recent pronouncement would typically put any company at ease but given how fickle the situation, one can assume that Huawei is simply is preparing when worse comes to worst. Huawei first announced HongMeng, its first-ever in-house operating system, when the US president announced that the US companies are banned from working with some Chinese companies, including Huawei. One of the US companies was Google, and the ban would mean Huawei will no longer have any access to the updates released by the search engine giant.

Ren Zhengfei, Huawei's chief executive officer during that time claimed that their in-house operating system is 60 percent faster than Apple iOS and Android. Andrew Williamson, the company's vice president, was quoted saying that Huawei is in the process of possibly launching an Android replacement. He even said that it is not something that the company really wants, but they are testing HongMeng in China.

But, a new trademark for Huawei's new operating system has been recently registered with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The new OS is called Harmony, which many tech analysts predict, could be the company's software for its upcoming smartphones and laptops. Based on the registration, it can be used as a mobile operating system and as a computer operating system. While it may sound very confusing now, given the many names that surfaced for the operating system of the company, some claim that Huawei might use a different name for different regions in the event that its access with Android OS and Windows gets cut.

Aside from the term Harmony, the application does not reveal anything else about the upcoming OS. What we know so far is that Huawei has been working on this for several years already. But, given the current situation with the US, this would mean that they might need to have the OS as soon as possible. Huawei will have a lot of challenges along the way to successfully release Harmony, HongMeng, or Ark OS. But, this is the only choice they have right now.

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