After the blockade of the United States and the consequent break with Google, Huawei will not be able to use the “Google Android” in their future smartphones. That’s why the company recognized long ago to be prepared and have a plan B, a plan B consisting of an alternative operating system of which little is known, beyond a couple of data.
Huawei’s CEO told Caijing that his new OS will be compatible with Android and multi-device applications, so it can be used in a mobile, a car or a tablet. It will be ready in the autumn of this year or, at the latest, in the spring of next year, according to Richard Yu, and although initially it was said that its name would be Hongmeng OS, patents registered in Europe show signs that its name could be “ARK OS”.
ARK OS shows up in EUIPO
According to Android Headlines, Huawei registered on May 24th the trademarks “HUAWEI ARK OS”, “HUAWEI ARK”, “ARK” and “ARK OS” in the EUIPO, the intellectual property office of the European Union. The existence of such a patent does not mean that it will be the final name of the operating system, but that Huawei is free to use it if it sees fit.
The fact that Huawei has registered the mark does not mean that he will necessarily use it in his new operating system.
This operating system, as we remembered before, would be compatible with Android applications, although these could be recompiled to increase their performance by 60%. That can be translated into two possibilities: either ARK OS is based on AOSP or it has a sort of built-in Android emulator to be compatible with the .APK format.
That doesn’t mean that ARK OS (or whatever it’s finally called) can be compatible with Google services. In fact, one of the features of this OS is that it will not have the Google Play Store, so there is a possibility that Huawei will bet on its own app store: App Gallery.
Beyond the operating system, Huawei also has to face the cessation of collaboration with U.S. component manufacturers, including ARM. This is an important point to bear in mind, as it could significantly affect the development of Kirin processors based on ARM architecture. Qualcomm, Intel and AMD would also have disassociated themselves from the company, leaving Huawei with no operating system and no processors.