Huawei case: Ark, Oak, HongMeng... what will be the name of the Chinese alternative to Android?

BySophia Windsor 2019-06-14 1061

Ark OS, Oak OS, HongMeng OS... the name of Huawei's future operating system has not yet been officialized but serious leads are beginning to emerge. But take a look back at what we know so far, which one will become the final name of Huawei’s own OS to eventually replace Android on the Chinese group's smartphones? Let’s find out

HongMeng OS

Reports continue to flow about the operating system Huawei is working on to replace Android, whose license and associated Google services such as the Play Store will be lost at the end of August 2019 due to a lack of agreement between China and the United States. This time, it is the Chinese media Global Times that is making its news. According to him, the OS will be launched in August or September 2019 under the name Oak OS outside China.

HongMeng OS for China

As reported previously, HongMeng OS should be the name used for the Chinese market, no change at this level there. It is described as an operating system compatible not only with Huawei smartphones, but also with its connected tablets and watches, or even computers to replace Windows. This last point still needs to be clarified.

If we know that the group has been working for years on such a solution, it is very likely that it is not an OS starting from scratch but based on the Android Open Source Project, which as its name suggests is free of rights. Huawei should rely on its App Gallery and offer compatibility with Android applications. Developers will then not need to develop applications specifically for the Huawei store.

Oak OS or Ark OS for the rest of the world?

Until now, it was thought that the operating system would be called Ark OS in other markets, particularly in Europe. In any case, it is a name that Huawei filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on May 24, 2018. But now we are being told about an Oak OS. Oak means oak in English, a tree that refers to a symbolism related to strength and longevity in many Western cultures. What seems to be a very appropriate name to convey a message given the situation: "we will remain strong, and we will last".

What is the release date for Huawei's alternative to Android?

For the launch window mentioned, no surprise. The 90-day stay granted to Huawei, during which he can continue to use his Android license, ends at the end of August. It is therefore during this period that we can wait for the arrival of a successor. Probably first in China, then in the rest of the world a few months later, around the beginning of 2020. It should also be noted that Huawei tested the Russian Aurora OS on a suggestion from the Kremlin itself. It is also an alternative for the Chinese manufacturer.

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