Huawei is bringing its HarmonyOS to smartphones in 2021. The OS was announced last year August; today, CEO Richard Yu announced a second version of the operating system at the Huawei’s Developer Conference in Shenzhen, China.
According to Yu, the smartphones powered by the OS should arrive next year but no specific dates were given. The OS has a cross-platform functionality and works with smart TVs, smartwatches and car head units. Huawei is making a beta version of the HarmonyOS 2.0 available in time for developers to test on smartTVs, watches and car head units, the one for smartphones will be available in December.
Huawei also plans to kick start its OpenHarmony project which will be open for developers soon. The project currently supports 128GB of RAM devices or below but there are plans to expand it to 4GB in April 2021 and the limitations will be removed completely come October 2021. The aim of the project is to allow developers work with an open-source version of the HarmonyOS 2.0.
With Huawei facing problems with Google services on its smartphones, Its own OS could be a way out of its troubles.