Huawei seeks trademark for Hongmeng OS, its competitor to Google's Android

Huawei seeks trademark for Hongmeng OS, its competitor to Google's Android

Reports suggest the launch may happen as soon as this year, as Huawei tries to demonstrate to the United States and the world its homegrown technological capabilities and make a point amid a broader trade war. The spokesman said it would, as it was developed before Huawei was placed on America's Entity List. Huawei has already reportedly received trademark clearance in China.

This isn't Huawei's only concern, though, as it's also being forced to battle the ongoing effects of the USA trade ban, which this week forced it to cancel the launch of its next-gen MateBook laptop due to its inability to use Windows or Intel chips. The $2,600 Mate X was set to go head-to-head with Samsung's Galaxy Fold, but after the Korean giant delayed the device due to mishaps with early review units, Huawei says it wants to avoid the same mistakes.

When Huawei announced earlier this week it was indefinitely suspending the launch of a new MateBook because USA sanctions were impacting its ability to build the laptop, we wondered what other Huawei products might face delays.

President Donald Trump's administration last month put Huawei on a blacklist that barred it from doing business with USA tech companies such as Alphabet Inc, whose Android OS is used in Huawei's phones.

Huawei is resistant to this USA assault however, with founder Ren Zhengfei stating that the company was prepared to take on the United States and would not be too adversely affected by the trade ban.

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Williamson also confirmed that Huawei is filing for trademarks around the world in order to protect the name and use of its operating system, in addition to talking about financial forecasts. We now have our answer - Huawei's foldable smartphone.

"Presumably we'll be trying to put trademarks", he added.

However, Huawei has since filed patents across the European market for a new operating system named "Ark OS".

Hongmeng is based on the version of Android that is publicly available via open-source licensing and is mainly meant for phones, Pang said.

He also told Reuters that Huawei, the world's second-largest maker of smartphones, could roll out its Hongmeng operating system (OS) - which is being tested - within nine months.

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