Huawei unveiled the HarmonyOS 2.0 at the company’s Developer’s Conference 2020. The company is spearheading a separate ecosystem and aims to power all of its products with the HarmonyOS (HongMeng OS in China) after the tussle with the US. Now, a report says that a beta version of HarmonyOS 2.0 will arrive as early as December 2020. And it will reach a few devices like the Smart screens first, and Smartphones by January/February 2021.

President of Huawei Consumer BG Software Development, Wang Chenglu has given an interview to Tencent’s Deep Web. He has said (via ithome) that Huawei plans to roll out a beta version of HarmonyOS 2.0 by December exclusively for developers. That said, after initial testing, HarmonyOS 2.0 beta will be available for few smartphones by February 2021.

With this, it is confirmed that Smartphones will get it as early as Q1 of 2021. Besides, the testing will continue for several months before the final rollout. This suggests that the initial build could be a closed beta and in our guess, Huawei’s flagship P series might be the first smartphones to get it but that isn’t confirmed yet. And going by the company’s vision, HarmonyOS is projected as an infrastructure to get deep into the roots of smart IoT devices including Smart TVs as well.

Accordingly, President of Consumer Business IoT, Zhi Hao has said that Huawei Smart screens will be the first to get HarmonyOS 2.0. Previously, Huawei debuted the Smart screen Huawei Vision, its first TV with HarmonyOS last year. One year later, Zhi has told today that the company will soon launch a new series by end of 2020.

Considering the company is emphasizing more on Smart screen and its importance in completing the 1+8+N strategy, we can expect many models including the flagship X65, v55i to receive the new version.

Coming back, Wang also revealed a few interesting titbits about HarmonyOS. He says the word “HongMeng” comes from “Shan Hai Jing”. For the unware, Shan Hai Jing, a classical Chinese text, is a compilation of geography, the culture of Pre-Qin China. It also has a collection of Chinese mythologies. Furthermore, Wang said the project started as early as 2012 and by May 2018, Kernel 1.0 completed verification.

Despite being ready for smartphones, Wang says the reason for not launching it earlier is the lack of ecosystem and partnership with Google. But that is toast now with Google already stopped GMS support for Huawei. Also, He says that HongMeng OS was developed way before the chaos and it accelerated after the US ban.


Huawei, Smartphone, Operating system, Internet of things

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