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Huawei Exploring Linux-based Sailfish OS Fork As Its Android Alternative

Huawei Exploring Linux-based Sailfish OS Fork As Its Android Alternative

The WIPO data also suggests that Huawei wants to use its 'Hongmeng' operating system, which likely will be called "Ark OS" in Europe, in a variety of gadgets ranging from smartphones and portable computers or auto televisions and robots.

Earlier this week, Huawei reportedly started inviting Google Play Store developers to add their new apps on Huawei's AppGallery app store.

The Mate X will launch with Android as it was announced before the US trade ban.

Following the decision, Google announced that it was cutting off Huawei from its Android updates, although that decision was postponed for three months after US Commerce Department granted the Chinese firm a temporary general license to update its existing devices.

Huawei hasn't provided any specifics as to when the operating system could launch publicly, with Shao Yang, the chief strategy officer of Huawei's business consumer group, describing the release date as "a secret". 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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Williamson also confirmed that Huawei is filing for trademarks around the world in order to protect the name and use of its operating system, in addition to talking about financial forecasts.

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.

This is a possible solution which would result in the new operating system being compatible with Android applications, but Huawei will still be unable to pre-load Google apps and services on its devices. According to the company, it has around 270 million monthly active users on its self-operated AppGallery platform.

It appears that Huawei' is more "cautious" because of what happened with the Galaxy Fold. Company executives have said that they aim to take the ratio to one in two this year, taking the domestic market share to 50 percent or more.

According to this report, HongMeng/Ark OS is 60% faster than Android and is being tested by companies including Oppo, Vivo, and Tencent. The two superpowers are, of course, in the midst of an escalating trade war after the U.S. failed to secure a trade deal with China.