Huawei may still be facing an uncertain future over its access to licensed versions of Android and Windows operating systems, but it's been busy readying in-house replacements in case the tide turns against its favor.
Ever since the United States blacklisted the Chinese tech giant Huawei, the company has had its plans known by the public that indeed they are working on an Android alternative. Huawei has registered a trademark for - and been publicly talking up - its forthcoming Hongmeng mobile OS, but the company has also just filed a trademark in Europe for the name "Harmony" that would encompass an operating system for mobile devices as well as computers.
The application is dated July 12, 2019, and is now under examination. It is being said that HongMeng is likely the name Huawei would use for Chinese smartphones, while Harmony could be the global name for the operating system.
Huawei has been working on its own operating system for more than a year, and it could be launched as early as 2019.
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Now, as far as Huawei's plans for eventually replacing Android on its devices - Somewhat confusingly, there are now actually three names for a Huawei mobile OS floating around at the moment.
Huawei's accelerating efforts to build its own backup OS also comes at a time when the company firm is also reportedly planning to lay off hundreds of employees at its Futurewei Technologies research subsidiary, according to the Wall Street Journal. Knowing the challenges in competing with Android, Huawei is holding a two-day developer summit in China in the month of August that will be used to convince developers to create apps for HongMeng. USA officials have accused Huawei of being too close to the Chinese government and a threat to national security.
On the other, we've heard that American enforcement agents being told that they are to continue treating Huawei as a "blacklisted" company.