Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Huawei Trademarks Its HongMeng Mobile OS In Malaysia

Huawei Trademarks Its HongMeng Mobile OS In Malaysia

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. That could be the reason why the United States tech giant has been lobbying for an Android exemption from the Huawei ban, arguing that the ban on Huawei will raise national security risks to the US.

The newspaper said, "Huawei is reportedly intensively testing its proprietary operating system (OS) HongMeng with internet giants and domestic smartphone vendors, and the new system will be launched in the next few months".

In fact, one such trademark application was filed with the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO).

Android now holds more than 80 percent of smartphone OS market share, but a lot of it is accounted for Chinese smartphone makers who used the open-sourced Android system to build their own platforms, as Chinese government does not allow Google to provide services in the nation. In China, Huawei applied for a Hongmeng trademark in August previous year and received a nod last month, according to a filing on China's intellectual property administration's website.

The applications to trademark the OS show that Huawei wants to use Hongmeng for gadgets ranging from smartphones and portable computers to robots and auto televisions.

Huawei - the world's biggest maker of telecoms network gear - has filed for a Hongmeng trademark in countries such as Cambodia, Canada, South Korea and New Zealand, data from the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) shows.

Huawei has come under mounting scrutiny for over a year, led by USA allegations that "back doors" in its routers, switches and other gear could allow China to spy on US communications.

Peru has some 5.5 million Huawei phone users.

For the initial stages, Huawei is said to focus mainly on the budget smartphone segment with its own OS. The agency did not give details on the documents it had sought, but said Huawei had up to nine months to respond.

Huawei, for sure, will face a challenge to build an ecosystem once it launches its OS, as getting all global app developers on board to tweak their products for the new Chinese platform won't be too easy.

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