US President Donald Trump's administration blacklisted Huawei last month amid fears it is a proxy for Chinese surveillance.
The spokesperson also said that Huawei very much wants to continue using Google's Android on its devices, but it's also ready to do its own thing. The Galaxy Fold has this kind of artifact too - we suspected it was just something we have to get used to with early folding display devices, but perhaps it's being improved.
As well as trademarking the software, Huawei is also shipping devices test devices.
The full effects of the trade ban have been postponed for 90 days, thanks to a temporary licence granted by the U.S. government.
The importance of this report is that Huawei users can now have a glimpse of hope after the USA ban.
Huawei's latest system in its flagship smartphones is EMUI 9.1 on top of Android 9 Pie system.
Huawei has not yet revealed the details about its OS but the applications to trademark the operating system show that it wants to use Hongmeng for gadgets ranging from smartphones and portable computers to robots and vehicle televisions. Some publications have speculated that the OS would launch in the western market under this name. The agency has sought additional details from the company about its mobile operating system.
The delay comes as Huawei phones face being cut off from updates of Google's Android operating system (OS) in the wake of the US blacklist that bans American companies from doing business with the Chinese firm.
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. Since then, the company has been racing to figure out how to deal with the US-led opposition which threatens to cut it off from parts suppliers to, arguably worst of all, Google - which means existing Huawei smartphones couldn't get Android updates or security fixes, and new Huawei smartphones would not have access to Android or the Google Play Store at all.
Even though Huawei is reportedly working on its own mobile OS, the company might be looking elsewhere for its Android alternative.
"Huawei is in the process of potentially launching a replacement", Williamson told Reuters, adding: "Presumably we'll be trying to put trademarks".