After the U.S blacklisted Hauwei later in May, President Donald Trump also banned Huawei from doing business with U.S. tech companies including Alphabet Inc. The banned means Huawei is not allowed to use Google’s Android as its operating system anymore, which was currently used by Huawei.
The Chinese company has been scrutinized for security reasons. The U.S. thinks that Huawei is a national security threat. Politicians in the U.S. suspects Huawei’s upcoming 5G mobile phone as a spy from Chinese to eavesdrop sensitive information.
However, Google warns the U.S. that the ban was a mistake and that this move could backfire on U.S. tech companies.
Being no. 1 in the telecom supplier and no. 2 in phone manufacturing, the banned did not stop Huawei in making noise in the tech industry. No Android? No problem.
Huawei has been working on with its new and very own OS called ‘Hongmeng’. “Today, Huawei, we are still committed to Microsoft Windows and Google Android,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group. “But if we cannot use that, Huawei will prepare the plan B to use our own OS,” he added.
Huawei first introduced Hongmeng earlier this month. Now, the company has taken another step to fully employ Hongmeng to its devices. Huawei filed for trademark request in at least nine countries which includes Australia, Canada, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mexico, Switzerland, Thailand, India, and the European Union.
“Huawei is in the process of potentially launching a replacement,” Andrew Williamson, vice president of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s public affairs and communications said. “It’s not something Huawei wants. We’re very happy of being part of the Android family, but Hongmeng is being tested, mostly in China. I believe it is already being rolled out over a million devices.”
“Presumably we’ll be trying to put trademarks,” he added. In-line with this, Huawei reportedly shipped 1 million devices for testing.