Huawei's Harmony OS May Come to Smartphone Next Year

September 11, 2020 0:25 am

Beijing (PingWest)- Huawei has announced Harmony OS 2.0 (or HongMeng OS in China), an upgraded version of Huawei’s proprietary operating system, today at Huawei’s developer conference in Shenzhen, China.

During the event, Yu Chengdong , CEO of Huawei’s consumer business department, said the company will make beta version of the HarmonyOS 2.0 SDK available to developers today, but Harmony OS 2.0 only support smartphone, car head units, and TVs right now.

A smartphone version of Harmony OS 2.0 will arrive in December 2020, and Yu hinted that phones running Harmony OS might appear next year.

Open Harmony project, which allows developers to build upon an open-source version of the OS, is also unveiled by Huawei today.

In addition, Yu said that the company has already teamed up with various leading manufacturers in China to release smart home related products that feature the latest version of the OS. The partners include Midea, Joyoung, and Hangzhou Robam.

Harmony OS plays a really important role at the center of Huawei’s strategy for long-term growth in the future, as it could minimize the negative effect caused by US sanctions that prohibited Huawei from doing business with American companies.    

Huawei is currently facing a tough situation, it is dealing with multiple bans that are affecting its business. Since the beginning of last year, all Huawei new phones do not have Google Mobile Service. In addition, it can no longer rely on TSMC to manufacturer its HiSilicon Kirin chips as the U.S. government imposed ban on TSMC.