Huawei is in a tough spot since its Android licence was revoked after being placed in the US Entity list. The company is currently entitled to push out Android updates to its devices for 90 days but it’s not certain yet what will happen after this grace period is over. While the smartphone maker is trying to get things back on track with the US, it has a plan B of sorts with its own operating system for smartphones that will reportedly be called HongMeng OS in China. As per a new report by Global Times, Huawei is “intensively” testing the new OS that could be globally called “Oak OS” and it could be launched in August or September this year.
The new report puts a time frame on when the new Huawei OS could be announced. Previously, the upcoming OS was rumoured to be called Ark OSsince the company trademarked the names HUAWEI ARK, HUAWEI ARK OS, ARK and ARK OS with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). If launched, the new OS will be a rival to Android. Huawei was also said to be in talks with a Play Store alternative called Aptoide from where it could enable its smartphone users to download apps.
The AppGallery app, which comes preloaded on Huawei phones, also enables users to download APK files of apps. Huawei was banned from using Android on May 20 and for the next 90 days, the company’s phones will receive Google Play Store updates and app updates via Google’s app stores. Partnering with Aptoide could work out for the smartphone maker as Aptoide is not a centralised store and it enables users to manage their own store.