16 December 2020
Ever since the U.S. administration put Huawei on the entity list and prohibited Google from doing any business with it, the company has been preparing for the worst by working on its own HarmonyOS as an Android alternative. The operating system is under testing on different devices but going forward, it is all set to arrive on smartphones.
During the annual Huawei Developer Conference (HDC), Huawei's CEO Richard Yu confirmed the company's plans to bring HarmonyOS to all its smartphones starting next year. The rollout will begin with HarmonyOS 2.0 but even before the stable version becomes available, there will be a developer version coming up.
Yu said HarmonyOS 2.0 SDK for smartwatches, TVs, and car head units will become available for developers starting today itself. However, a version compatible with smartphones will be released in December 2020. It will allow devs to try out the new operating system and prepare their apps and games for the platform if they wish to do so.
It should be noted that as and when HarmonyOS 2.0 starts making an appearance on smartphones, these will likely new models. It is unknown if the company has plans for upgrading existing Android-running phones to its own platform or not. Nevertheless, we will keep you updated with all the new developments surrounding the supposed Android alternative.