Ever since Huawei was ousted by the US government, the company’s Google-based Android OS license was also ditched leading the company to build its own proprietary operating system, HarmonyOS.
The so-called cross-platform software is now being ported into millions of devices worldwide with the Chinese tech company promising to bring about 200 million smartphones to HarmonyOS before the end of the year.
However, at the Huawei Developer Confere (HD) 2020, the company announced the HarmonyOS 2, and the company further revealed its plans on how it’ll grow the system into several smart devices including future EVs from the company.
Not so much is yet known about the operating system which has been reported to be a forked Android – a claim that Huawei passionately denied.
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However, the “distributed” operating system will be used across the plethora of devices and services offered by Huawei including its big health system, social communication, media & entertainment, and even its own AI virtual assistant, Celia.
What HarmonyOS 2.0 offers:
- For Consumers: HarmonyOS integrates various smart devices to implement fast connection, capability collaboration, and resource sharing between different devices. This way, services can be seamlessly transferred to a suitable device that delivers a smooth all-scenario experience.
- For Application Developers: HarmonyOS adopts distributed technologies to make application development possible on different device forms. With HarmonyOS, you have the choice to focus on upper-layer service logic and develop applications in a much easier and more efficient way.
- For Device Developers: HarmonyOS uses a component-based software design to tailor itself to particular device forms based on their respective resource capabilities and service characteristics.
Some high-end Huawei devices were reportedly getting HarmonyOS 2 update earlier this year even though there hasn’t been so much information about the rollout across the internet just yet.
However, the company business group CEO, Richard Yu confirmed the fact that the rollout to mobile devices would start earlier this year.
In fact, the company’s only flagship released this year, the P50 series was powered by the HarmonyOS as well as other devices from the company this year.
Part of the roadmap includes the release of HarmonyOS 2.0 beta SDK for developers in order to build apps and solutions for their smart product lineups including smart wearables.
Information shared about the OS includes the following:
- From September 10, 2020 – Device with 128KB to 128MB RAM
- From April 21, 2021 – Device with 128MB to 4GB RAM
- From October 2021 – Device with 4GB to more than 4GB RAM
As of now, the rollout and porting campaign to bring older supported devices to HarmonyOS 2.0 continues with the company’s aim to port about 300 million smart devices including IoTs, Tablets, Smart Wearables, and Smartphones before the year ends.