03 June 2019
It has about two weeks since Huawei received a ban from the US government that has caused quite a stir in the smartphone market. Many of the US-based companies have cut off their ties with the Chinese smartphone giant and even though a 90-day reprieve has been given, the future still looks unsure. Huawei has already confirmed that its own operating system is under works which will be an Android alternative. And now, we have some more information regarding the same.
As spotted online, Huawei has filed a new trademark application with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). It is about trademarking names HUAWEI ARK OS, HUAWEI ARK, ARK, and ARK OS. The application was filed last week and considering recent developments, it seems like Ark OS might be the name for Huawei's own smartphone OS.
The application also featured a few screenshots offering a glimpse at what this upcoming OS might look like. The first thing that you will notice straight away is the stark difference in the way Ark OS and Huawei's currently used EMUI looks. The screenshots also suggest that Huawei will have its own app store as well as a way of installing apps via third-party sources.
The idea of seeing a fully-fledged Huawei app store is not exactly surprising. Huawei already offers App Gallery on its as well as Honor smartphones which allow users to download and install Android apps. There was also a report claiming that Huawei was holding discussions with Aptoide, a Portugal-based third-party app store.
Many crucial details related to Huawei's answer to Android are still unknown but we are expecting them to become known as the time will pass. We will keep you updated on all the developments related to the Huawei and its ban.