Huawei has reportedly filed for a patent for its new operating system with the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA). Contrary to earlier reports, the system will be called “Ark OS.”
Chinese based Huawei was barred from doing business with North American companies by the country's federal government. This meant the smartphone and device maker lost access to Android and Windows software. Around this time, it was revealed Huawei had been secretly developing its operating system which was rumored to be called “HongMeng.”
Reports indicate OS will support Android apps
Latest reports suggest the patent, filed on 24th May is the true new system for Huawei devices. Earlier this month, Huawei Central reported the system will be able to accommodate Android developed applications; meaning its customers will have a smooth transition away from Android.
The new operating system is expected to be launched between Spring of this year and by Fall 2020; but this is unconfirmed by Huawei. The United States is targeting several large Chinese tech firms as part of its escalating trade war with China. The world's largest drone manufacturer, DJI, was threatened this month by an alert from the Department of Homeland Security that suggested that drones made in China may be sharing sensitive information with beyond the companies.
Chinese tech companies targeted in trade war
DJI wasn’t directly named in the report, but it is clear who the directive was targeting. Hikvision, the world's largest surveillance camera maker was shaken today when reports emerged that it too may be placed on an export ban list by the Trump government.
However, the Chinese companies are staying calm and say they have backup plans if the tension continues. Hikvision says it can source chips, usually purchased from U.S companies from local suppliers. DJI also made moves to protect itself, offering its customers the option to fly drones in a type of ‘Aeroplane’ mode that wouldn’t share data with offshore servers.
Huawei who has been the biggest target for Trump says it can deal with the U.S. The creation of its OS is just one smart move by the company, to stay one step ahead of potentially devastating effects of the ban.