Huawei has been working on its plan B operating system for years now, with the U.S. trade ban against the company forcing it to accelerate plans. We’ve heard about several names for the platform before, but it sounds like Huawei has yet another name up its sleeve.
Let’sGoDigital uncovered a trademark application for “Harmony” via the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The application notes that the trademark is related to “mobile operating systems; computer operating systems; downloadable operating system programs.”
The outlet reports that the application was filed by a firm called Forresters, and that this company also filed Huawei’s Hongmeng OS and P Smart Z trademarks. The former filing is another name for the brand’s new operating system.
In any event, the White House decision to reduce the scope of the trade ban means Huawei might not have to launch the homegrown platform in the West. U.S. officials have confirmed that the trade ban will only be in effect for products and services that affect national security. This suggests that the Chinese brand has restored access to Android and Google’s suite of services.
News of the Harmony trademark application also comes as Huawei gears up to reveal its EMUI 10 update in China on August 9. The latest version of its Android skin is set to offer Android Q, but we’ll have to wait until next month to see what else Huawei is bringing to the table.