Huawei operating system ‘Ark OS’

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Following the US blockade and the resulting break with Google, Huawei will henceforth be unable to use “Google Android” in their future smartphones.

The company have foreseen this and had prepared a plan B that consists of an alternative operating system that is known rather little, beyond a couple of data.

The CEO of Huawei told Caijing the good news is that the new Huawei Ark OS will be compatible with Android and in fact, will be a multi-device application, meaning you can use it on a mobile phone, inside your car or a tablet. It will be ready in the autumn of this year or, at the latest, in the spring of next year, according to Richard Yu, and although at first it was said that its name would be Hongmeng OS, patents registered in Europe show signs that its name could be “ARK OS”.

ARK OS is seen in the EUIPO

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According to Android Headlines, Huawei registered on May 24 the trademarks “HUAWEI ARK OS”, “HUAWEI ARK”, “ARK” and “ARK OS” in the EUIPO, the intellectual property office of the European Union. That there is such a patent does not mean that it will be the final name of the operating system, but that Huawei is free to use it if it considers it appropriate.

That Huawei has registered the brand does not mean that it will necessarily use it in its new operating system

This operating system, as we remembered earlier, would be compatible with Android applications, although these could be recompiled to increase the performance of them by 60% . That can translate into two possibilities: o ARK OS is based on AOSP or has a sort of built-in Android emulator to be compatible with the.APK format.

That does not mean that ARK OS (or whatever it’s called finally) can be compatible with Google services. In fact, one of the features of this OS is that it will not have the Google Play Store, so it is possible for Huawei to bet on its own app store: App Gallery.

Beyond the operating system, Huawei also has to face the cessation of collaboration with the manufacturers of American components, among which is ARM.

This is an important point to consider, as it could significantly affect the development of Kirin processors based on ARM architecture. Qualcomm, Intel, and AMD would also have been separated from the company, leaving Huawei with no OS nor processors.

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