Huawei Says It Is Readying Possible Hongmeng Software Rollout to Replace Android

An govt of China’s Huawei, which has been banned from working with US tech corporations, stated on Thursday that the telecoms large is within the course of of doubtless launching its “Hongmeng” working system (OS) to switch the US Android OS.

Andrew Williamson, vice chairman of Huawei Technologies’ public affairs and communications, stated in an interview that the corporate will “presumably” trademark Hongmeng, which he stated has doubtless been rolled out to one million units in China.

President Donald Trump’s administration final month put Huawei on a blacklist that barred it from doing enterprise with US tech firms akin to Alphabet, whose Android OS is utilized in Huawei’s telephones.

“Huawei is in the process of potentially launching a replacement,” Williamson stated in Mexico City. “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.

Williamson stated he anticipated 2019 income development can be virtually flat at round 20%, in contrast with final yr’s enlargement of 19.5%. Huawei stated in March its three essential enterprise teams have been more likely to put up double-digit development this yr.

Williamson stated that if commerce tensions escalate right into a full-blown commerce warfare, Hongmeng can be able to go “in months.”

Data from the UN World Intellectual Property Organization exhibits that Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecoms community gear, has already utilized to trademark Hongmeng in quite a lot of nations.

Williamson stated chipmakers knew that chopping off Huawei might have “catastrophic” penalties for his or her enterprise.

“We’re not specifically asking anyone to lobby for us. They’re doing it by their own desire because, for many of them, Huawei is one of their major customers,” he stated.

Huawei has come below mounting scrutiny for over a yr, led by US allegations that “back doors” in its routers, switches and different gear might enable China to spy on US communications.

The firm has denied its merchandise pose a safety risk.

© Thomson Reuters 2019