Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Huawei's Hongmeng OS expected to be released in October

Huawei's Hongmeng OS expected to be released in October

President Trump's move in recent weeks to put Huawei on a blacklist that bans U.S. companies from doing business with the Chinese brand nearly immediately led to chatter that Huawei's ambition of one day being the biggest smartphone maker in the world just got kneecapped.

Reuters said the company has filed a trademark for Hongmeng in Europe and at least nine countries.

This was discovered on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Global Brand Database, where countries include Australia, Canada, Cambodia, the European Union, Indonesia, India, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand were spotted on the request. It also filed an application in Peru on May 27, according to the country's anti-trust agency Indecopi.

Huawei is expected to scale back a bit with the launch of Hongmeng OS and the rollout will first take place in the company's home market China.

A United States official, meeting with officials in Europe to warn against buying Huawei equipment for next-generation mobile networks, said only time would tell if Huawei could diversify.

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The company, also the world's second-largest maker of smartphones, has not yet revealed details about its OS.

At home, Huawei applied for a Hongmeng trademark in August past year and received a nod last month, according to a filing on China's intellectual property administration's website.

The applications to trademark the OS show that Huawei wants to use Hongmeng for gadgets ranging from smartphones and portable computers to robots and vehicle televisions. The report cites a source close to a major Chinese carrier to have hinted that Huawei is working closely with technology giant Tencent, as well as smartphone makers Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo to push forward the release of HongMeng OS.

But the world's number one manufacturer of telecommunications equipment and number two vendor of smartphones is sure doing everything it can to be prepared for any and all scenarios, including an increasingly likely situation in which the company would need to quickly roll out a homebrewed replacement for the most popular mobile operating system.

The email suggests that AppGallery has 560,000 developers now in the community, and that the platform comes preloaded on every Huawei phone sold globally, reaching 270 million monthly active users.

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