Huawei Ark OS: The first glimpse of the alternative to Android

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On May 24, 2019, a few days after Donald Trump’s decree, Huawei filed the Ark OS trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. This would be the definitive name of the alternative to Android developed by the Chinese manufacturer. For the moment, Huawei still does not plan to replace Android in Europe.

Huawei Ark OS: here is the interface of the alternative home OS to Android.

Earlier, by the end of March, Huawei also filed diagrams representing the interface of its in-house OS at the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA).

We see the application store called “App Gallery” to replace the Google Play Store. The latest news, Android applications (except US applications if the trade war continues) will be compatible with Ark OS. In this way, the manufacturer will offer a smooth transition to users who want to switch from Android to their home OS.

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The screenshots also show, above all, the process of installing an innocuous application, such as “weather”. At first, the interface is not much different from what is already on Android or iOS. In the list of information for each application, there are thus permissions, memory or storage. However, there are several aesthetic differences with Huawei’s Android EMUI overlay.

The images repeatedly mention “Android Green Alliance”, a Chinese organization that includes Huawei, Tencent or Alibaba. The association defines the standards of quality and design of Android applications developed in China. So we can expect Ark OS to run apps that were originally thought for Android. Is Huawei’s home OS partly based on AOSP, the open source version of the Google OS? We tell you more as soon as possible.

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