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Huawei to shift phones to its own Harmony operating system from 2021

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Huawei has announced plans to pre-install its own Harmony operating system on its smartphones from next year.

The Chinese company said it would also offer the software to other manufacturers to use as an alternative to Android.

Huawei is currently the world's second bestselling handset-maker, after a brief time in the top spot.

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Huawei announces HarmonyOS 2.0, coming to smartphones in 2021

  • Huawei announces HarmonyOS 2.0, coming to smartphones in 2021

    In addition, Huawei revealed its OpenHarmony project which is an open-source take on HarmonyOS similar to AOSP (Android Open Source Project). It will be open for developers soon and will support devices with as low as 128KB (yes, kilobytes) of RAM.

    HarmonyOS is all about multi-screen functionality with seamless continuity and adaptive UX elements meant to work on a broad range of devices. Huawei is also touting improved security, smart voice recognition and fast cross-device data transfers.

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    At the beginning of this week we learned for the first time of the intentions of Richard Yu, Huawei’s CEO, to create a first version of its HarmonyOS operating system for mobile phones. However, as we already noted, Google’s software vetoes were not the only problems that the Trump administration was subjecting the company to. During this past May, the US Department of Commerce stated that it will be illegal for semiconductor manufacturers using US technologies or products sell their products to Huawei or its affiliates, such as HiSilicon, without a license.

  • [Old] Huawei Launches New Distributed Operating System, HarmonyOS

    The success of HarmonyOS will depend on a dynamic ecosystem of apps and developers. To encourage broader adoption, Huawei will release HarmonyOS as an open-source platform, worldwide. Huawei will also establish an open-source foundation and an open-source community to support more in-depth collaboration with developers.

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  • HarmonyOS coming to smartphones next year: Huawei

    Why it matters: This is the first time the embattled Chinese company confirmed that its HarmonyOS, known in Chinese as HongmengOS, will run on mobile devices. The new OS is a sign that Huawei is inching towards independence from American technology for its smartphone ecosystem.

  • Huawei Revs Up Android Substitute as U.S. Curbs Hit Phone Sales

    Speaking at the Huawei Developer Conference in Dongguan, consumer group chief Richard Yu said that Huawei will have beta versions of HarmonyOS 2.0 available for smart TVs, watches and car infotainment systems from today, to be followed by smartphones in December.

  • Huawei announces HarmonyOS 2.0 w/ debut on smartphones in 2021

    During their annual developer’s conference, Huawei has now confirmed that the much-touted HarmonyOS 2.0 could come to smartphones as early as 2021.

    While HarmonyOS initially launched as a distributed system for the likes of smartwatches, TVs and IoT devices, HarmonyOS 2.0 development has clearly accelerated rapidly as Huawei has faced (and is still under) severe sanctions and lacks important access to US-developed software systems and hardware since mid-2019.

  • China's Huawei to Launch HarmonyOS, Its Rival to Google Android, on Smartphones Next Year

    In August, the U.S. expanded earlier restrictions aimed at preventing Huawei from obtaining semiconductors without a special license. Analysts have said that Huawei's smartphone business would disappear entirely if it could not source chipsets.

    "The development of HarmonyOS and HMS is fascinating. Nevertheless, this development will need hardware to deliver to the consumers. Thus, the biggest challenge is still coming from the chips supply disruption," said Will Wong, an analyst with consultancy IDC.

HarmonyOS 2.0 Beta Released, HarmonyOS Devices Coming in 2021

  • HarmonyOS 2.0 Beta Released, HarmonyOS Devices Coming in 2021

    Due to geopolitical tensions, Huawei cannot rely on Google Android operating system over the long term, and in May 2019 we reported HongMeng OS may become Huawei’s OS alternative to Android. HongMeng (鸿蒙) OS will finally be called HarmonyOS outside of China, and we recently reported Huawei was trying to attract more developers with monetary incentives to brings more apps to HMS (Huawei Mobile Services).

    We now have a more clear timeline with the company’s recent release of HarmonyOS 2.0 beta that’s currently available for smart home applications, smartwatches, and head-on-displays, and will become available for smartphones in December 2020.

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