Huawei previously confirmed it has already speculated that sooner or later it’ll be restricted from using Android and Windows OS in its devices and started the development of its own ‘Operating System’, which revealed in a report that the company kept the development secret for a long period of time.
It’s started all being, seven years ago in a villa facing lake in Shenzhen, China, a small group of Huawei executives met Huawei founder Ren Zhenfei and held a meeting behind the closed door that lasted for several days, reported SCMP.
The mission of this meeting to found a way to surpass Google’s Android operating system related to the concern of relying on Android that could lead the company vulnerable to a US ban in the future and will prohibit the company from using US technologies.
The team of executives agreed on building a proprietary OS, as an alternative to Android, as the meeting was internally called “Lakeside talks” internally and access to the documents related to this discussion kept highly restricted, said a source familiar to this matter in the condition of anonymity.
Following this, a special OS team established under the guidance of executive Eric XU Zhijun, currently one of the three rotating chairmen for Huawei, and began to work on a new OS under tight secrecy.
To develop this OS, the company has created a special zone inside Huawei, with guards on the door. Only employees of the OS team can access the area with registered staff id’s. Moreover, team members had to leave their personal phones outside the area.
It was revealed that this project became an integral part of Huawei 2012 lab, which operates for the company’s innovation, research, and technology development. The most output from this project was kept out from public eyes, as well as its existence, which was only recently acknowledged by Huawei and came in the spotlight with Yu Chengdu’s recent announcement.
The urgency of launching the new OS generated after the US put restrictions on Huawei, and after that Google also suspended Huawei’s Android license, although, the company later resume its Android license to Huawei on 90 days reprieve.
A report recently revealed that Huawei has been actively testing this OS on its devices as well as its compatibility with the Android app, which is a bigger challenge in terms of creating a complete ecosystem. Also, Huawei is gearing this OS with extra security functions.
On August 2018, Huawei registered Hongmeng trademark at China’s Trademark Office of national intellectual property administration, that was approved on May 14, 2019, and expiry date of May 13, 2029.
We’ve also confirmed that Huawei has filed the “HongMeng” trademark applications in almost every possible intellectual property organizations around the globe but there’s no official announcement made regarding this trademark.