The United States have not made it easy for Huawei to continue making business after placing it on a banned list and, though Donald Trump announced that it will ease the restrictions on the company, Huawei will most likely still have to fight an uphill battle for a while longer.
However, Huawei always seems to have a plan B under its sleeve: after Android was forced to cut ties with the company following the ban, Huawei announced that it had been working on its own operating system in the meantime, just in case something like this was to happen.
The company submitted the names HongMeng OS, HMOS and Ark OS for trademarking in June but a more recent one, which had been registered on the 12th of July as Harmony, had been applied for at the European Union Intellectual Property Office and with the Intellectual Property Office in the United Kingdom.
The trademark was not filed by Huawei itself but by Forresters, a German company that is known to have acted in the name of Huawei in the past. It could be that the HongMeng name will be used in China while either Ark OS or Harmony will be used for the devices sold in the rest of the world.
However, considering the U.S has relaxed its sanctions on Huawei and the company might be able to maintain access to the Android and Windows operating systems, it might decide not to proceed with its own after all.
It is worth noting though that Huawei CEO Zhengfei Ren has stated that the company’s own OS is faster than Android.