Google has allowed Huawei’s access to its apps and services and while things may cool down later on, Huawei is preparing for the worst. Although the company has been working on its software since quite a while, it has now sped up its efforts to have its Android alternative ready as soon as possible. While the Chinese giant is at it, it has also come with some names for its OS, including Huawei ARK OS, Huawei ARK, ARK, and ARK OS, if a recent patent filed with the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) is to go by.
Earlier this week, Richard Yu Chengdong, head of the company’s consumer business, revealed that the homegrown OS is likely to be launched as early as this fall and no later than spring next year, according to media reports.
This comes as Google cut off Huawei devices from its Android OS following a U.S. order banning the sale of American software and components to the company.
Huawei is reported to have started developing its own system since 2012.
The new OS, which is being tested, will be used as a universal operating system for multiple platforms including smartphone, computer, tablet, TV, cars, and smart wearable devices, Global Times reported, citing Richard Yu.
It will also be compatible with all Android apps and Web apps and come with its “App Gallery,” according to Yu.
But Huawei also sees the challenges.
“It’s not a difficult task to come up with a new OS, but it’s difficult to build up an ecosystem for that,” Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said during an interview on Tuesday.
Currently, Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are the two prevailing operating systems for mobile devices.