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Huawei files to trademark mobile OS around the world after United States ban

Huawei files to trademark mobile OS around the world after United States ban

A senior United States official on Thursday said Huawei's clients should be asking themselves if the Chinese firm can meet its commitments given its dependence on U.S. companies.

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

Whether it will be called Ark OS or Oak OS globally is still a mystery, but Huawei's Android alternative, dubbed HongMeng OS in China, is being developed at full speed, especially since Google revoked Huawei's Android license as a result of the USA ban.

Data from the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization shows that Huawei, the world's biggest maker of telecoms network gear, has already applied to trademark Hongmeng in a number of countries. However, the company has begun trademarking its "Hongmeng" operating system in at least nine countries, as well as Europe, which could be read as a sign that plans for the company's much-speculated-about Android replacement are starting to firm up.

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As such, the company has reached out to developers that now have apps on the Play Store, according to a leaked email shared with XDA Developers, in order to request they also publish their popular apps over in the AppGallery and help boost its catalogue. In China, Huawei applied for a Hongmeng trademark in August a year ago and received a nod last month, according to a filing on China's intellectual property administration's website. The trademark descriptions reveal that HongMeng will be used for a range of devices from smartphones to tablets and PCs.

The report is in line with the speculations that suggested that the Hongmeng OS from Huawei could get launched around August or September. 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 the company, it has around 270 million monthly active users on its self-operated AppGallery platform. "Rather, forcing network operators to rip out and replace their existing equipment would pose a greater threat to network stability and security".

Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.