Huawei introduced HarmonyOS 2.0 for smartphones
The operating system HarmonyOS, which, in the view of Huawei, was supposed to replace Android on branded smartphones of the brand. Today, September 10, Huawei officially introduced HarmonyOS 2.0 with support for several new types of devices at once: smartwatches, smart TVs, smart home control hubs, and smartphones. The beta version of the operating system for the first three types of gadgets will be available starting today, and for smartphones, it will be released a little later, on December 10. Even though Huawei took a short time out before launching a test version of HarmonyOS for smartphones, it is clear that the platform is almost ready and only needs minor improvements.
What devices are supported by HarmonyOS
The fact that HarmonyOS is ready, the head of the consumer sector of Huawei, Richard Yu, said a few days ago. According to him, the company's proprietary operating system is already 70-80% closer to the level of Android development.
But if it was just words then, we can now know for sure that he was telling the truth. This means that only three months will pass, and HarmonyOS will be available to everyone, even if it is in beta testing. But this is not the only good news. Huawei expects that the first smartphone on the new OS will be released next year. But everything will not happen as quickly as we would like. Here's the timeline Huawei plans to follow:
- September 10, 2020 - HarmonyOS 2.0 launches for devices with 128KB to 128MB of RAM;
- December 10, 2020 - HarmonyOS 2.0 launch for smartphones;
- April 2021 - HarmonyOS launches for devices with up to 4GB of RAM;
- October 2021 - the launch of the universal version of HarmonyOS for all types of devices;
- October 2021 - OpenHarmony project launch.
In addition to the HarmonyOS 2.0 itself, Huawei today presented the OpenHarmony project. This is an open-source operating system that is similar to the Android Open Source Project. Third-party developers will be able to take the source code of HarmonyOS as a basis and create their own firmware based on it.
When will the smartphone be released on HarmonyOS
According to Huawei representatives, they pay great attention to the speed of HarmonyOS, as well as usability in the ecosystem. One of the features available to users of the operating system will be the built-in ultra-high-speed data transfer function. Apparently, it will be something similar to Nearby Sharing and AirDrop, but with much more bandwidth. However, when exactly the launch of this innovation will take place, it is not yet specified.
It is still difficult to say whether Huawei will be able to launch a smartphone on HarmonyOS in 2021. Despite the fact that Richard Yu promised to do this, there is a high probability that the novelty will not be in demand. The fact is that until the end of 2021, HarmonyOS will only support fairly weak devices, which indicates that Huawei will have to launch a frankly budget model. However, this may be for the best. After all, it is unlikely that someone will run headlong to buy an expensive flagship on the OS without clearly defined prospects.