Andrew Williamson, vice president of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's public affairs and communications, said in an interview that the company will "presumably" trademark Hongmeng, which he said has likely been rolled out to a million devices in China.
Williamson also claimed that he believes "it is already being rolled out over a million devices", and Reuters has reported that Huawei has filed "Hongmeng" trademarks in the European Union as well as multiple countries, including Canada, South Korea, New Zealand, Cambodia, and Peru. HongMeng is at least 60 percent faster than Android, the report notes.
Huawei is expected to scale back a bit with the launch of Hongmeng OS and the rollout will first take place in the company's home market China.
Last month, the HongMeng trademark was approved by the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA).
Looking at the activity, it seems clear Huawei is stepping up efforts to reduce its reliance on Google for provision of software for devices, and launch its own system. "They're doing it by their own desire because, for many of them, Huawei is one of their major customers", he said. According to the company, it has around 270 million monthly active users on its self-operated AppGallery platform.
Although Google said existing Huawei phones will continue to receive Android security updates to protect the devices from viruses and hacking, the Chinese firm had to act to safeguard its plans for future product launches in worldwide markets. Namely, employees of tech and entertainment giant Tencent, as well as Oppo and Vivo engineers. Huawei is already thought to have received trademark clearance in China.
Huawei representatives in Peru declined to provide immediate comment, while the Chinese embassy in Lima did not respond to requests for comment.