❤ Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0



Huawei has officially announced HarmonyOS, the operating system it was rumored to be developing to replace its reliance on Android. In China, the software will be known as Hongmeng. The company says the operating system, a microkernel-based distributed OS, can be used in everything from smartphones to smart speakers, wearables, and in-vehicle systems to create a shared ecosystem across devices. The operating system will be released as an open-source platform worldwide to encourage adoption.

There’s been a lot of speculation about Huawei’s in-house operating system ever since Google suspended the company’s Android license back in May, following the US government’s decision to put Huawei on the Entity List. Huawei has made no secret of the fact that it’s been working on its own OS, but the extent to which it would be able to act as a substitute for Android is unclear.






Interestingly enough, the list includes the Honor V40, Huawei nova 8 and Huawei nova 8 Pro phones despite these now even being officially announced yet.


      • HarmonyOS eligible Huawei devices: 

        – Huawei Mate 40


    • – Huawei Mate 40 Pro


    • – Huawei Mate 40 Pro+


    • – Huawei Mate 40 RS Porsche Design


    • – Huawei Mate X


    • – Huawei Mate Xs


    • – Huawei P40


    • – Huawei P40 Pro


    • – Huawei P40 Pro+


    • – Huawei Mate 30 4G


    • – Huawei Mate 30 Pro 4G


    • – Huawei Mate 30 5G


    • – Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G


    • – Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Design


    • – Huawei Nova 8 (Upcoming)


    • – Huawei Nova 8 Pro (Upcoming)


    • – Huawei Nova 7 Pro 5G


    • – Huawei Nova 7 5G


    • – Huawei Nova 7 SE


    • – Huawei P30


    • – Huawei P30 Pro


    • – Huawei Mate 20


    • – Huawei Mate 20 Pro


    • – Huawei Mate 20 X 4G


    • – Huawei Mate 20 X 5G


    • – Huawei Mate 20 RS


      • – Huawei Nova 6 SE
      – Huawei Nova 6 5G
      • HarmonyOS eligible Honor devices:

        – Honor V40 (Upcoming)


    • – Honor 30 Pro


    • – Honor 30 Pro+


    • – Honor V30


    • – Honor V30 Pro


    • – Honor Play 4 Pro


    • – Honor X10 5G


    • – Honor 30


    • – Honor 30S


    • – Honor X10 5G


    • – Honor 20 Pro


    • – Honor 20


      • – Honor 9X Pro
      • – Honor 9X
      • HarmonyOS eligible wearables: 

    – Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro (pre-installed – Chinese version)


    • – Huawei Watch GT 2e


        • – Huawei Watch GT 2
        • HarmonyOS eligible tablets: 

      – Huawei MatePad Pro

        • – Huawei MatePad Pro 5G
      – Honor Tablet V6


While HC itself confirmed these three phones are incoming and not officially confirmed in any way, the Huawei-centric website rarely is giving misleading information. Nevertheless, the website compiled all the Huawei and Honor devices through various leaks and the interesting thing is only nova, P, and Mate series devices are in line for Harmony OS 2.0 – no mention of the Enjoy/Y lineup.

Looking at the Honor devices, the brand is doing a similar thing – no entry-level phones in line, not the Honor 9 series, nor the Honor 30i or Honor 30 Youth. It looks like all devices with GMS are not switching and Huawei is slowly going to phase them out.

The list of eligible devices also includes three watches and three tablets by Huawei. Interestingly enough, the GT 2 Pro is going to arrive with Harmony OS pre-installed – the wearable runs Lite OS currently

Huawei plans to launch HarmonyOS on “smart screen products” later this year, before expanding it to work on other devices, like wearables, over the next three years. The first of these products will be the Honor Smart Screen, which is due to be unveiled on Saturday. Huawei has yet to explicitly say what constitutes a “smart screen” device, but Reuters previously reported that the OS would appear on a range of Honor smart TVs. The focus for the operating system will be products for the Chinese market at first, before Huawei expands it to other markets.

In a statement, the CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, Richard Yu, says that HarmonyOS is “completely different from Android and iOS” because of its ability to scale across different kinds of devices. “You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices,” the CEO says.

Previously, it’s been unclear whether HarmonyOS would be an operating system for smartphones or for Internet of Things devices. It now appears that it’s designed to power both, similar to Google’s experimental Fuchsia operating system, which is designed to run on various form-factors.

Although the OS will come to more devices over the next three years, in a follow-up press release, Huawei said that “for the time being” it intends to continue using Android on its phones. Whether it can continue to do so is another matter. CNBC reports that in a press conference following the launch, Yu said that the situation was “unclear” as to whether Huawei can still use Android, and that the company is “waiting on an update” to find out.

Since placing Huawei on the Entity List, the Trump administration has indicated that it’s willing to ease the restrictions on the company. In July, senior officials said that the administration would grant licenses to deal with Huawei in instances where national security wouldn’t be impacted. However, yesterday, Bloomberg reported that the White House is delaying its decision about issuing these licenses in the wake of China’s decision to halt purchases of US farming goods. It’s yet another suggestion that the Huawei restrictions have as much to do with the US-China trade war as they do with protecting national security.

HarmonyOS now has an official name, but it still has some major hurdles to overcome. Huawei is expecting developers to recompile their apps for this new operating system, with the ability to code once and deploy across multiple devices with different screen layouts, interactions, and more. Huawei says developers can compile a range of languages into machine code in a single environment, but it’s unclear exactly how easy that will be for developers. There are a lot of big promises here, but it’s going to be an even bigger challenge to build an app ecosystem to rival both Android and Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

Added Huawei confirmation that the Honor Smart Screen will be the first product running HarmonyOS, and the company intends to continue using Android for the time being. Comments from Huawei’s consumer CEO noting that the company’s situation with Android is still “unclear” were also added.