Huawei Preparing Hongmeng Software Rollout to Replace Android


Chinese Huawei executives who were banned from working with US technology companies said on Thursday that the telecom giant is launching its “Red Alliance” operating system (OS) to replace the US Android operating system.

Andrew Williamson, vice president of Huawei’s technology public affairs and communications department, said in an interview that the company would “guess” the trademark Red League, which he said may have been extended to China’s one million devices.

Last month, President Donald Trump’s government blacklisted Huawei and banned it from working with US technology companies such as Alphabet, which uses the Android operating system for Huawei phones.

Williamson said in Mexico City: “Huawei is introducing alternatives.” “This is not what Huawei wants. We are very happy to be a member of the Android family, but Hongmeng is being tested, mainly in China. I believe it has More than one million devices have been introduced.”

“It is speculated that we will try to propose a trademark,” he added.

Williamson said he expects revenue growth to be almost flat in 2019, about 20%, compared to 19.5% last year. Huawei said in March that the three major business groups this year may achieve double-digit growth.

Williamson said that if trade tensions escalate into a comprehensive trade war, Hong Meng will be prepared to “in a few months.”

According to data from the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization, Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications network equipment manufacturer, has applied for the Red Alliance trademark in many countries.

Williamson said that chip makers know that cutting Huawei may have “catastrophic” consequences for their business.

“We didn’t specifically ask anyone to lobby for us. They did it according to their own wishes because, for many of them, Huawei is one of their main customers,” he said.

For more than a year, Huawei has been subject to increasingly rigorous scrutiny, in which the United States has accused China of “backdoors” of routers, switches and other devices that could allow China to monitor US communications.

The company denied that its products pose a security threat.

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