Jun 14th, 2019

With the US placing Huawei on the entity list, it means that the company is no longer allowed to do business with US companies and vice versa, Google included, which means that getting a license for Google Play Services for use in Android is pretty much out of the question.

Huawei seems to have been preparing for this because the company revealed that they had a Plan B operating system that they would be using should this day ever come. Last we heard, this Plan B OS could be launching this fall. As it turns out, the reports could be right because it seems that Huawei has been busying themselves by filing for trademarks for its HongMeng operating system in various countries around the world.

Some of the countries that the trademark has been filed in include Australia, Canada, Cambodia, the European Union, Indonesia, India, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand. At this point in time, not much is known about HongMeng except that it would serve as an alternative to Android.

It has been reported that it could still be compatible with Android apps, suggesting that it might actually be a forked version of Android based on AOSP. This makes sense as it would be easier for Huawei rather than for them to try and build an entire ecosystem from the ground up. The only question is, how many users would be willing to buy a new Huawei phone if it no longer ran on an official build of Android?

Based on our poll, it seems that the majority will most likely be passing on Huawei, at least for now.

Source: GSMArena

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