Huawei registers Harmony trademark in Europe for

Despite the pressure of the US government. UU It seems to diminish the rhetoric if it has no impact, Huawei is pushing the plans on the Android alternative.

Huawei "Plan B" smartphone OS: what you need to succeed
Components manufacturers around the world are eliminating Huawei following an executive order signed by President Trump. As a result, Huawei's contingency plan can be seen in the light.

The prestigious manufacturer of telecommunications equipment and mobile phones Huawei submitted an application to register the name of "Harmony" in the Intellectual Property Office of the European Union (EUIPO) on July 12. in the presentation as "downloadable operating system programs; mobile operating systems", as reported for the first time by Duch's LuchGoDigital publication.

Harmony is the apparently English name of the company's Android alternative, until now known as HongMeng, which Huawei has been silently developing since 2012 as a contingency for "the worst scenarios". Previously, a trademark was presented for "Ark OS", which may be another candidate. It is not clear if one or the other is intended for PC, or if Harmony can be used in both computers and phones.

Other reports indicate that the Huawei Android alternative could be based on Sailfish OS, through a license agreement with Rostelecom, distributors of the Russian derivative of Sailfish OS.

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The current series of Huawei's problems began on April 16, after the executive order of President Trump that restricts the US UU Mobile network operators use technology from "foreign adversaries" that are considered to represent "unacceptable risks" to national security, which led the Commerce Department to add the company to a blacklist that prevents US companies from working with he and his affiliates.

Due to this blacklist, companies, including Google, have stopped cooperating with Huawei, which prevents the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world from sending Google Play Services (the Android proprietary parties are not released as open source software) that are not provided as part of the open source version of Android. While this does not have a huge impact on Huawei within China, since Google Play Services is not provided there due to a dispute with the Chinese government, the reliance on Android applications distributed outside of China on APIs provided by Play Services complicates Huawei's attempts to sell phones worldwide. .

Huawei (and ZTE) have been under intense scrutiny since 2012, following the publication of a report from the House Intelligence Committee that concludes that "the risks associated with supplying Huawei and ZTE equipment to US critical infrastructure could undermine US national security interests, accusing the couple of being complicit in the Chinese government's espionage activities. This assertion was repeated in 2013 by former NSA chief Gen. Michael Hayden, who at that time was a board member of Motorola Solutions, a competitor who paid an agreement to Huawei in an intellectual property dispute.

In April 2019, Bloomberg's report of a "smoking gun" of such activities is based on an exposed Telnet interface that was discovered by an external contractor hired by Vodafone Italy, although this vulnerability has a striking similarity to vulnerabilities on Cisco and D-Link routers.

For more information, check out the Huawei "Plan B" smartphone operating system: what you need to be successful "and" FedEx sue the Commerce Department for the burden of enforcing Huawei's blacklist "on TechRepublic

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