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Hongmeng/ARK OS: Here’s everything you need to know about Huawei’s Operating System

It’s all started in March this year, when Yu Chengdong AKA Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business division told, Huawei has developed its own operating systems for smartphones and computers in case the company can’t use Android or Windows systems following tensions between Huawei and the US government.

Confirmed: Huawei OS Hongmeng is coming, supports smartphone, tablet, laptop and more

In Mid-May, the US president Donald Trump announced national emergency and imposed business restrictions on the Chinese telecom giant which prohibits it from buying or selling any new products to US firms.

As a US firm Google had also stopped its Android services to Huawei devices. Although, the company has now resumed its services for Huawei for the 90 days following the US’s temporarily ban relief.



May 20, 2019, “Hongmeng”:

After this series of events, We’ve reported that the company’s upcoming operating system is developed under Hongmeng name and was in active development since the year 2012.

The company was testing this OS in his devices through the internal process but our source hasn’t clearly said that it’ll definitely be named Hongmeng but did confirmed that it’s related to the OS.

May 21, 2019, Few More details landed:

New information revealed that Huawei’s OS is based on Linux and Hongmeng name is related to Chinese mythology. That fits in the lineup of names like processor series “Kirin” which is also derived from the name of a mythical chimerical creature ‘Qilin’.

Also, This OS will be used as a universal operating system for multiple platforms including smartphones and notebooks.

May 21, 2019, Problems with early application ecosystem:

Apart from an operating system, there’s always a need of application ecosystem that is tagged with several problems including compatibility and bugs, please read the full article here where we’ve highlighted Huawei’s main issues in the development applications to support this new OS.



May 21, 2019, First glance at Availability and Compatibility:

According to Huawei’s consumer business CEO Yu Chengdong, Huawei’s first-ever self-developed operating system will soon be launched this fall the earliest and no later than spring next year. Interestingly, the new Huawei OS will be compatible with all Huawei phones, tablets, TV, and wearable devices.

He also revealed that Huawei’s OS is also compatible with all Android applications and all web applications.

May 23, 2019, Huawei CEO’s interview:

Huawei CEO again confirmed the launch date to CNBC, that Huawei’s operating system could be ready by the fourth quarter of this year and a version for the global market in the first or the second quarter of 2020.

This sentence has also grown possibilities that the company may come up with a different name for the global market but not confirmed by the official at that time.

He also said the operating system will support all android apps and come with its “App Gallery” as a default app store.



However, the Huawei executive stressed that the company will only launch its operating system if it will receive a permanent ban from using Google or Microsoft products.

May 24, 2019, Huawei registered “Hongmeng” trademark in China:

Huawei has registered trademarked for “Huawei Hongmeng” from China’s Trademark Office of national intellectual property administration with an application submission date of Aug 24, 2018, which was publically announced on May 14, 2019, and the duration of this registration is valid from May 14, 2019, to May 13, 2029.

The application is registered under multiple categories, including – Operating System Program, Computer Operating Program, Computer Operating Software. All of these categories confirms that “Hongmeng” is the name of Huawei’s operating system.

Moreover, the categories also include – Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop and more, showing that the company has prepared it for all its devices ecosystem, which we’ve also reported about.

If you are interested in checking the trademark application details please visit the original article here.

May 28, 2019, Huawei registers ARK in Europe:

Huawei has registered “Huawei ARK OS” trademark at EUIPO, on May 24, 2019, and submitted in the same categories including Operating System.

It looks like we could have a global name of the “Hongmeng OS”.  The Huawei ARK OS could be the name of the upcoming Huawei OS, which will work on all the device globally, except China.

May 28, 2019, There are no such statements at the moment:

There are fake reports that said Huawei’s self-developed operating system will be 60% faster compared to Android OS and will also support IOS apps.

As of now, according to our information, we want to confirm that there are no such statements made by any Huawei executive or official regarding these subjects.

May 29, 2019, Huawei filed new UI designs patent

On March 26, 2019, Huawei filed a design patent at DPMA (German Patent and Trademark Office) and published on May 14, 2019, the same day as Huawei filed a trademark for “ARK OS”.

Check more details in a dedicated article here.

June 2, 2019, Huawei is testing Hongmeng OS and its compatibility with Android Apps

A report revealed that Huawei has allegedly shipped 1 million smartphones with the software onboard for testing, and with the compatibility to run all Android applications.

Hongmeng OS will come with increased security functions.

Rosenblatt Securities revealed in a smartphone supply chain report that Huawei has allegedly shipped 1 million smartphones with the software onboard for testing, with the software also said to be compatible with all Android applications and has “increased security functions to protect personal data.”

June 3, 2019, Hongmeng OS to launch in September inside Huawei Mate 30 Series

June 7, 2019, Google thinks Huawei’s OS would be more susceptible to being hacked

Google believes that the Chinese company can not provide the level of security it has for the Android OS. A Huawei-modified version of Android OS would be more susceptible to being hacked.

June 7, 2019, Huawei to launch ‘Hongmeng OS’ in Q3 2019: Report

Huawei could launch a new self-made OS in Q3 2019. The name could be “Hongmeng OS” in China and will be known as “Ark OS” globally,

June 8, 2019, Exclusive: Huawei registers “HongMeng” trademark all around the globe

we’ve confirmed that Huawei has filed the “HongMeng” trademark applications in almost every possible intellectual property organizations around the globe.

June 11, 2019, Chinese smartphone makers including Xiaomi and OPPO are reportedly testing Huawei’s Hongmeng OS [Update]

June 13, 2019, Hongmeng is expected to launch in October, not ready for flagship phones: Analyst

Huawei’s self-developed operating system identified as ‘HongMeng‘ is yet to unveil by the company but a well-known industry analyst says this OS will be coming in October featuring in low-end devices.

June 14, 2019, Hongmeng OS reportedly in preparation for being launched

Andrew Williamson, vice president of Huawei’s public affairs and communications, said in an interview that the company will “presumably” trademark Hongmeng, which he said has likely been rolled out to a million devices in China

More to come, so stay tuned…



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