Huawei OS may be called 'Hongmeng,' but it's reportedly 'far from ready'
The Chinese company reportedly had the name trademarked just in case Google's Android ban is permanent.
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Huawei is still "far from ready" to launch its own operating system, but it may have a name at least, according to reports.
The phone maker received the trademark "Hongmeng" for the system from the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration, after working on it under the internal code name "Project Z," The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
Separately, sources told The Information on Tuesday that the internal project "has had its ups and downs and remains far from ready."
locked Huawei out of its Android updates earlier this week. On Tuesday, the US Commerce Department granted the Chinese tech giant a three-month general license to update existing devices, temporarily easing restrictions on Huawei's access to American components and software that go into its
. Google agreed to continue working with Huawei for that time.
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CNET's understanding is that Huawei has no immediate plans to launch its own OS, and that the company is looking at launching one only if Android is permanently removed as an option for its smartphone customers.