Harmony? Huawei files trademark application for its in-house operating system

Ruben Fields
July 15, 2019

The Chinese tech giant has filed a trademark application with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

The company - which has found itself caught in the cross hairs of a trade war between China and the USA - had earlier trademarked an OS called HongMeng in China, but this was later revealed to be for IoT devices. Nokia even went as far as creating their own customised version of Android. Previously, the world's second-largest smartphone maker has also filed for a trademark for HongMeng OS name in Europe and nine other countries.

The news is certainly not surprising, given that the status quo is apparently going to remain in place between the USA and Huawei until the USA and China resolve their trade differences. "We're very happy of being part of the Android family, but Hongmeng is being tested, mostly in China".

Since Huawei had received a 90-day reprieve from the United States to continue using Google's Android, the future of Huawei smartphone business was at stake.

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"We haven't decided yet if HongMeng can be developed as a smartphone operating system in the future", Huawei's Chairman Liang Hua told reporters in Shenzhen last week.

However, HongMeng is likely to be just a codename or a moniker that Huawei would use for Chinese models, while Harmony could be the worldwide name for the operating system.

"The Hongmeng OS is primarily developed for IoT devices that will reduce latency..."

Huawei has been working on a standalone software, called HongMeng OS, which the company has been developing as an alternative to Android. That would mean Huawei would not have access to Android updates and Google Services would not work on its devices. On the one hand, it seemed that Trump had made significant enough progress in trade concession talks with Chinese president, Xi Jinping that the ban had been reversed.

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