Published: Sat, June 15, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

Axing America’s Android: Huawei files to trademark own mobile operating system worldwide

Axing America’s Android: Huawei files to trademark own mobile operating system worldwide

In a series of interviews with CNBC and The Wall Street Journal, Huawei explained that it wanted to take a "cautious" approach after the issues that have plagued the rival Samsung Galaxy Fold. The phone was earlier scheduled to hit the shelves in June.

Huawei is getting closer, it seems, to the day when it will begin relying on a Plan B mobile operating system to replace the reliance it's enjoyed up to this point on Google's Android, which the Chinese consumer electronics giant is in danger of losing access to soon thanks to United States sanctions.

Reuters said the company has filed a trademark for Hongmeng in nine countries, as well as in Europe.

The most immediate effect of this trade blacklisting for consumers is the revocation of Huawei's Android licence, which will prevent it from launching new smartphones with Google-certified versions of Android installed.

'But, if the circumstances force us to, we can roll out Hongmeng in six to nine months, ' he added.

Hongmeng is based on the version of Android that is available to the public through open source licenses and is primarily aimed at smartphones, said Pang.

The operating system will support other devices later.

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

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As another curveball to this story, there have also been reports in recent days that Huawei could decide to work with Russia and use a Russian-created OS as an Android replacement.

In fact, one such trademark application was filed with the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO). The same goes for seeing the Mate X released in many markets outside China, even if the company claims certification tests with "various carriers" are precisely the reason why this is now delayed until September.

Huawei has come under mounting scrutiny for over a year, led by US allegations that "back doors" in its routers, switches and other gear could allow China to spy on USA communications.

The company has denied that its products pose a security threat.

However, consumers spooked by how matters have escalated are offloading their devices amid Android worries.

Problems at Huawei, the world's largest network-equipment maker, are spilling over to the broader chip industry.

Broadcom Inc has warned of a broad slowdown in chip demand, blaming the U.S. The company plans to launch Hongmeng-powered smartphones next year but some reports indicate it might be as soon as October this year.

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