Huawei launches HarmonyOS for phones

TL:DR: Huawei’s HarmonyOS is coming to select smartphones.

Huawei recently launched a major version of HarmonyOS, its in-house operating system for phones and tablets. The second iteration of the OS is coming to a list of a hundred Huawei Android phones over the next year.

Huawei’s phone business has struggled since being placed on the US blacklist. Losing access to major hardware and, more importantly, access to Google services. With HarmonyOS, the company will no longer rely on Android, moving forward with its own operating system.

Huawei HarmonyOS 2 for phones

HarmonyO 2.0S is vastly different from its first iteration, which was based on LiteOS developed for AIoT and smartwatches. The second version for phones and tablets is actually a forked version of Android, using code from AOSP (Android Open Source Project – source code used to make custom versions of Android).

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The new HarmonyOS is rolling out to select smartphones soon. The first batches of Huawei Android phones in China to get the update are as follows:

JUNE 2 2021

  • Mate40 Pro
  • Mate40 Pro+
  • Mate40 RS
  • Mate40
  • Mate40E
  • Mate X2
  • P40
  • P40 4G
  • P40 Pro
  • P40 Pro+
  • Mate 30 Pro
  • Mate 30 Pro 5G
  • Mate 30E Pro 5G
  • Mate 30 RS
  • Mate 30
  • Mate 30 5G
  • MatePad Pro
  • MatePad Pro 5G
  • Mate Xs

Q3 2021

  • Mate 20
  • Mate 20 Pro
  • Mate 20 RS
  • nova 7 SE
  • nova 7 SE 5G Youth
  • nova 8 5G
  • nova 8 Pro 5G
  • nova 8 Pro 4G
  • nova 8 SE
  • nova 7 5G
  • nova 7 Pro 5G
  • nova 6
  • nova 6 5G
  • nova 6 SE
  • MatePad 10.8
  • MatePad 10.4
  • MatePad 5G

Here’s the full schedule for eligible Huawei Android phones:

Huawei HarmonyOS 2 for phones

HarmonyOS comes with a cleaner, leaner design, and a lot of new features, including a new Control Center, an iOS-esque access to controls and connected devices, and Super Service Widgets with added functionality to standard widgets.

There’s no definite information yet on a global release.

Via: GSM Arena, Ars Technical

Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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