With the news that Huawei may lose access to Google’s Android platform, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is in need of a new operating system for its future handsets, and its name may already be decided.
It appears Huawei has trademarked a few names in Europe, with the applications spotted by Android Headlines, which point to a new operating system which could be called Huawei Ark OS.
There are, in fact, several names that Huawei has trademarked around this moniker, including “Huawei Ark”, “Ark” and “Ark OS”.
There’s no guarantee that Ark OS does relate to the firm’s new mobile platform, but the timing certainly appears to line up nicely, with reports suggesting it may be ready for launch before the end of the year.
It’s still not clear whether this is officially the end of the line for Huawei’s Android partnership, or if a U-turn by Google may still be on the cards, but the Chinese firm will likely have an uphill battle if it is forced to move onto its own operating system. We’ve seen a number of alternative mobile operating systems struggle to gain traction in recent years – such as Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS, Sailfish OS, Ubuntu for smartphones and Firefox OS – proving it’s not easy to break away from the established players of Android and iOS.