With the US trade ban in place, Huawei has been working hard to develop an internal operating system from scratch. It’s called HarmonyOS and it was first introduced last year in China. It currently powers Huawei’s smart TV and the Harmony 2.0 update, which was introduced in September this year, will also be available on smartphones. Now, it seems we know when HarmonyOS will be available for the first time for testing on phones.
As revealed in a Weibo post, Huawei’s Consumer Enterprise Software Chair Dr. Wang Chenglu has revealed that the HarmonyOS developer beta for mobile phones is expected to be available on December 18. This is a tentative date, in line with the upcoming Huawei Developer Conference to be held next month.
The company then plans to make the beta version of HarmonyOS available on select devices so that users can test out the new user interface and features. You will be able to run this beta on a device sometime in January or February 2021. Huawei will then collect feedback, verify initial reports, and launch a public beta sometime in the second quarter of 2021.
Dr. Chenglu further confirmed that the development process is proceeding smoothly. The company is working around the clock to build an ecosystem around HarmonyOS and, well, it’s great to see that things are on the right track. That has also been revealed that more than 90% of Huawei’s smartphone portfolio will receive the new software update.
Although the Trump administration was the one who imposed trade restrictions on Huawei, we do not expect new president-elect Joe Biden to instantly remove them. We could see some relaxations and licensing concessions to be offered in the coming months. Although Huawei may continue to focus on the development of HarmonyOS to get rid of its dependence on Android for smartphones, at least in its home country of China.
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