29 July 2021
The time appears to have come when Huawei will officially bring HarmonyOS, its in-house platform to its smartphones. According to the company’s post made on Weibo, Huawei will elaborate more on this during a live stream event on June 2 at 8 pm local time.
Huawei officially unveiled its HarmonyOS at its Developer Conference event back in August 2019, where it initially stated that the new OS will be used by a range of hardware. Since then, the OS has technically been around for IoT devices. But its debut as a smartphone OS is yet to happen.
However, Huawei did release the HarmonyOS 2.0 for beta testing for developers in December 2020 where only select Huawei devices participated. Later, Huawei announced that many developers joined this bandwagon in testing their apps for the new OS.
In April this year, Huawei reportedly claimed that it has managed to attract 20 hardware vendors and 280 software developing companies to work on the growing number of HarmonyOS devices. Huawei has set a goal where 300M devices should run HarmonyOS by the end of this year and 100M of them are expected to be new devices running the new OS out-of-the-box.
At the time of unveiling in August 2019, Huawei claimed its HarmonyOS is an independently-developed, microkernel-based OS, but later in February 2021, it was revealed that HarmonyOS is basically a customized Android fork.
Earlier this month, a video emerged on the internet that shows a comparison between Huawei’s current Android-based EMUI 11 and HarmonyOS side by side on different devices.
As per the video, the new OS looks pretty similar to the EMUI 11. But that was just a glance of it, so we can’t make any conclusions for now. There are rumors that the Huawei P50 and the MatePad Pro 2 could become the first devices to debut alongside the HarmonyOS release.
Let’s wait for the official announcement that is set to happen on June 2. The day isn’t too far. So, stay tuned!