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Huawei’s HarmonyOS is coming to smartphones in 2021

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HarmonyOS 2.0, the next major release of Huawei’s operating system, will arrive on the company’s smartphones in 2021. This was confirmed this September 10 by CEO Richard Yu during his annual developer conference.

Last year, the Chinese tech company first introduced its own operating system, HarmonyOS, which serves as a platform for various consumer products, starting with its Huawei Vision smart TV.

At HDC 2020, Yu introduced the beta version of HarmonyOS 2.0 for developers, compatible with Smart TVs, smartwatches and car head units. Support for smartphone SDK tools will arrive later this year, in December.

It will be in April 2021 when support will arrive for devices (not only mobile) with a RAM of between 128 MB and 4 GB. Support for devices with more than 4GB of RAM will arrive in October 2021.

These dates do not necessarily reflect the Huawei mobile launch schedule with HarmonyOS. In fact, they are more a reflection of what types of devices will be able to make (and when) other third-party developers.

For developers, one of the benefits of using HarmonyOS includes creating a cross-device compatible app. This means that your apps will work just as well on a tablet as on a mobile, with practically no adaptation.


With the continuing effects of the US veto on Huawei, it is difficult for the company to operate globally. HarmonyOS seems to be the possible solution so that you can take control of your smartphones again .

The next big release on Huawei’s smartphone calendar should be the Huawei Mate 40 series . It is quite likely that they are the first mobiles of the company to run the EMUI 11, which was also announced at HDC 2020. 

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