Huawei confirms HarmonyOS is coming to smartphones to conc

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(Pocket Ribbon) – With the ongoing US trade ban, Huawei has long had plans for an alternate future away from Android. Last year it announced its HarmonyOS software and now the second version of the software is coming to smartphones.

We knew this was likely, of course, but it's interesting to see this confirmed during the software keynote at the company's developer conference – HDC 2020, which will take place in the coming days.

During the keynote from Huawei's consumer chief Richard Yu, there was some suggestion that a phone launch could take place in 2021 – we think that's very likely.

Huawei will now release a beta version of the HarmonyOS 2.0 software for smartwatches and TVs, but a version that will work for phones will follow in December. The company would likely give the software a design similar to the newly announced EMUI 11 – it's software that runs on top of Android. Thus, users may not see a huge difference.

It is currently unclear which types of Huawei smartphones would get the new OS and whether some will stick with Android. The Chinese company can continue to use Android on phones but cannot use Google apps. That's fine for the Chinese market, but it's a deal breaker for Europe. Huawei continues to develop its AppGallery app store.

Huawei also plans to open HarmonyOS as part of a project called OpenHarmony – much like Android's own AOSP project.

Written by Dan Grabham.

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