Huawei is preparing to launch its Hongmeng operating system outside of China, aiming to replace Google's Android. According to Reuters, data from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations body, reveal that Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has applied for trademark registration in at least nine countries, including Peru, Cambodia, Canada, Korea South and New Zealand.
Donald Trump's administration last month put the Chinese company on a blacklist that barred doing business with American technology, including Alphabet Inc (owner of Google) whose Android operating system is used in Huawei mobile phones. Huawei's application for registration of the Hongmeng system is a sign that the company is already preparing an alternative plan, as the US decision calls into question its business model.
According to Reuters, Andrew Williamson, vice president of Huawei, confirmed Hongmeng's progress. In an interview, Williamson said that the Chinese technology "is in the process of potentially launching a replacement" for the Android system, further confirming that Huawei is trying to register trademarks.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, had already confirmed that the company was about to launch its own operating system for mobile devices. In China, Hongmeng's application for registration was made in August 2018 and received approval from the administration of intellectual property last month.