Amid China’s ongoing trade war with the United States and Google’s recent suspension of Huawei’s Android license, the world’s No. 2 smartphone maker recently confirmed that it is indeed working on its own operating system in the event that it could no longer use Google’s OS for future devices.
Huawei’s OS has been rumored to launch this fall, but there’s no official word yet as to what it will be called. Its latest trademark filing, however, may have just revealed the name of the company’s upcoming operating system.
Huawei has recently trademarked a few names with the European Union Intellectual Property Office or EUIPO, including Huawei ARK OS, Huawei ARK, ARK, and ARK OS. The trademarks were filed May 24, and they seem to indicate that Huawei’s future OS for mobile devices will be marketed as Ark OS.
It was reported Friday that Huawei received the trademark Hongmeng for its operating system from the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration. The firm had worked on it under the internal code name Project Z.
It remains to be seen if Huawei will ever use the Chinese trademark for its home country, but Ark OS would be easier on the ears of its customers in the West and outside of China.
Of course, it’s still too early to say what features Huawei’s operating system might offer, but word is that it will be compatible with different form factors — from smartphones to laptops — and Android apps will be supported natively. Further, the software has been tipped to ship with Aptoide preinstalled, instead of the Google Play Store.
Aptoide is currently home to over 900,000 apps and has almost 200 million users, so it would make sense for Huawei to want to be interested in the app store.
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