Huawei Mate X launch pushed back for totally-not-Android-related reasons

Huawei Reportedly Shipped 1 Million Smartphones with New OS for Testing

Huawei has not yet revealed the details about its OS but the applications to trademark the operating system show that it wants to use Hongmeng for gadgets ranging from smartphones and portable computers to robots and auto televisions.

Huawei has come under mounting scrutiny for over a year, led by USA allegations that "back doors" in its routers, switches and other gear could allow China to spy on US communications. The agency has sought additional details from the company about its mobile operating system.

Huawei has not issued any official statement regarding the launch date or rollout of its upcoming operating system for smartphones and PCs.

Huawei's latest system in its flagship smartphones is EMUI 9.1 on top of Android 9 Pie system.

Huawei is getting closer, it seems, to the day when it will begin relying on a Plan B mobile operating system to replace the reliance it's enjoyed up to this point on Google's Android, which the Chinese consumer electronics giant is in danger of losing access to soon thanks to United States sanctions.

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Huawei said it wanted to do more testing and wanted to take a cautious approach to the launch.

Huawei has also reportedly objected to the US ban through an ex parte letter to the US Federal Communications Commission, as well as commencing legal action in the US, claiming President Trump's action is unconstitutional.

Since the Huawei Mate X is already in production, odds are it won't be affected by the USA ban even if it does come into effect.

Huawei has applied to trademark its Hongmeng OS in various countries, Reuters reported on Thursday, in a sign it may be deploying a back-up plan in key markets. When the Huawei Mate X foldable smartphone was showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 tech expo earlier this year, the Chinese firm had revealed that it carries support for 55W SuperCharge fast charging technology. The software is said to be compatible with all Android apps. Samsung has yet to confirm when the Galaxy Fold will make its next appearance. So, in the search for an Android alternative (which Huawei needs badly), the Chinese company seems to be opting for an existing OS instead of a new one.

Android now holds more than 80 percent of smartphone OS market share, but a lot of it is accounted for Chinese smartphone makers who used the open-sourced Android system to build their own platforms, as Chinese government does not allow Google to provide services in the nation.

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