Reports emerged earlier last week that Huawei, China’s most prolific smartphone vendor will make its Android alternative official on 24th of June, that report, however, turned out not correct as it has been debunked by an unnamed Huawei exec. Whether the Chinese firm is preparing its homegrown smartphone OS isn’t a question for debate, the company has expressly confirmed same, but at what point that will happen remains unknown.
While we reported earlier that the phone maker received the trademark “Hongmeng” purportedly for the OS from the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration, the company has secured a new trademark approval for a name that appears suitable for the OS.
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As first reported by Androidheadlines, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on May 24th received and published multiple trademarks filings from the Chinese phone maker. Under the application, Huawei seek to patent the ‘Huawei Ark OS,’ ‘Huawei Ark,’ ‘Ark,’ and ‘Ark OS,’ suggesting the firm might end up adopting one of these names for its upcoming Android alternative OS. Although neither the listing nor the Chinese phone maker has confirmed the Ark OS will be the name of the Chinese firm OS, but this definitely sounds goods, and could appeal to a more general audience than the hongmeng OS that was earlier believed to be its upcoming OS.
Google earlier last week locked Huawei out of its essential Android services, but has since agreed to restore the affected services to Huawei for a period of three months following US Commerce Department decision to temporarily ease the ban on the Chinese tech giant until August 19th. The firm might again be locked out of Google Android services post August 19 if it continues to remain of on the US blacklist indefinitely.