China's Huawei is in the process of potentially launching its "Hongmeng" operating system (OS) to replace the US Android OS, an executive said on Thursday, after Reuters reported that the company has applied to trademark the OS in various countries.
As well as trademarking the software, Huawei is also shipping test devices.
Its presence on the Mate 30 has not yet been ruled out, but chances are that it will hit the Mate 30 or P40 series of phones once the OS is able to meet requirements for an worldwide audience, hopefully once the entire ecosystem is up and running. Some analysts, however, believe the new OS will be launched early next year with the debut of a new P series flagship.
Peru has some 5.5 million Huawei phone users. The AppGallery is said to have seen the involvement of more than 560,000 developers.
The US trade ban has taken an extensive toll on Huawei, with the Chinese phone manufacturer having to swiftly find an alternative to the Android mobile operating system it now relies on due to Google being a US company.
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. Some industry observers have warned that the Huawei system could have many more bugs than the Google offering, putting the devices at greater risk of getting hacked. If all the phones do get the update, Google risks losing significant Android market share.
The company, also the world's second-largest maker of smartphones, has not yet revealed details about its OS. Huawei is already thought to have received trademark clearance in China.
Williamson said that if trade tensions escalate into a full-blown trade war, Hongmeng would be ready to go "in months".
Furthermore, Huawei claims that, despite its efforts, Federal Commissioners have refused to meet with company representatives in order to explain the accusations of threatening national security, and the Chinese company is "therefore handicapped to respond". Because it's no longer allowed to use Android and Windows on its devices, the Chinese tech giant had to push back several devices, including a Windows laptop that was originally projected to launch this week.