Earlier this week, Huawei reportedly started inviting Google Play Store developers to add their new apps on Huawei's AppGallery app store. 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.
Chinese publication Global Times reports that Hongmeng was developed in collaboration with Tencent and according to Vivo, Xiaomi and Oppo, all Chinese smartphone vendors who tested the new OS, found it to be 60% faster than Google's Android. The agency has sought additional details from the company about its mobile operating system.
"Today, Huawei, we are still committed to Microsoft Windows and Google Android".
Reports have placed the potential launch date of Huawei's upcoming operating system at anywhere from as early as Q3 2019 to March 2020, when the company is expected to launch its new flagship smartphones.
Hongmeng is based on the version of Android that is publicly available via open-source licensing and is mainly meant for phones, Pang said.
The outlet cites an unnamed Russian official, saying that China is already testing Aurora on devices that could be used on Huawei products instead of Google's Android amid the U.S. ban.
It appears that Huawei' is more "cautious" because of what happened with the Galaxy Fold.
The Finnish company in 2017 secured a new investment to launch the Sailfish China Consortium as part of an effort to build a Chinese version of Sailfish and an alternative to Android.
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Last year, one in every three smartphones sold in China was a Huawei device. Hongmeng will support other devices later.
According to recent reports, the platform is referred to as HongMeng, but it could launch as Ark OS. The two superpowers are, of course, in the midst of an escalating trade war after the USA failed to secure a trade deal with China.