With the US ban against Huawei, the Chinese giant was forced to develop a new operating system for its smartphones to replace Google’s Android. The new software alternative HongMeng OS is being prepared for an October release. According to a report, the company already sent 1 million devices for testing purposes and is working on trademarking the HongMeng name in several countries across the world.
Earlier today, we brought reports about the OS name being trademarked in the Latin American Country, Peru. Now the latest patent filled the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Global Brand Database shows a request to trademark the HongMeng name has been filled in a broad list of countries – Australia, Canada, EU, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mexico, Spain, India, Switzerland, and Thailand. The trademark was approved by the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) in the last month.
Of course, having to build a new operating system straight from scratch could be a big nightmare. Especially when you already have options in the market that have been greatly improved and consolidated over the years such as Android and iOS. Even Microsoft failed to build a proper software solution for its smartphones, leaving them with no choice other than giving up the market. However, Huawei seems to be taking a different path with its HongMeng OS supporting many Android apps.
According to a report, the Chinese company could partner with Aptoide, which boasts a 900,000 app portfolio and serves as a replacement for Google’s Play Store. Huawei also already have a proprietary gallery app, but it will need to support most of the relevant apps to be able to complete. In the end, more competition could bring benefits to users.