Huawei has finally confirmed that it's working on an Android replacement after the United States government banned it from using Google's operating system. He said the company will "presumably" trademark its new OS.
According to reports, cited by the Business Times, Huawei will concentrate on equipping the budget smartphone division with the HongMeng OS, while flagship devices will have to wait a little longer since the company-owned OS does not have a wide app ecosystem yet.
Huawei also anticipates a roll out of its Hongmeng operating system, which is presently in the testing phase, within the next nine months, Mr Pang told Reuters. The blacklisting will require U.S. companies to ask the government's permission before doing business with Huawei.
Data from the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) revealed that Huawei has already filed for a trademark for the OS in countries such as South Korea, New Zealand, Canada, and Cambodia.
Pang, however, denied the delay was due to the ban, saying Huawei was in the process of running certification tests with various carriers that were expected to be completed in August. One of its sources claimed that the Ark OS performed 60 percent faster than Google's Android. There are already a few Google-less Android versions, especially in China - OnePlus' Hydrogen OS and Huawei's operating system that is preloaded on its phones sold in its home country.
"Many of the most popular apps in China aren't tied to Google, and many of Google's apps aren't even available in China".
In an official statement on May 14, Robert Strayer, the ambassador for cyber and global communications at the US State Department, said Huawei could be ordered to undermine network security and steal personal information of Americans or conduct cyber attacks by China.
Huawei's ambition to become the world's top-selling smartphone maker by the fourth quarter of this year are now delayed, a senior Huawei executive said this week.
Micron Technology Inc CEO Sanjay Mehrotra said at the WSJ conference that the ban on Huawei has brought "uncertainty and disturbance" to the semiconductor industry. "They're doing it by their own desire because, for many of them, Huawei is one of their major customers", he explained.