Huawei Smartphones will be able to upgrade and use Harmony OS by 2021

Huawei Harmony OS 2.0 is currently available for developers to create Apps and widen the Huawei Management Services(HMS) catalog. At the moment tablets, wearables, Smart TVs, and Smartphones support the operating system, but still in Beta mode until late 2020.

Starting in 2021, several Huawei Smartphones will further be able to upgrade to Harmony OS. Amidst the fact that Android functionality is limited on latest Huawei releases with missing Google Services, Harmony will come as a complete suite with its own functionality and skins.

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Both Operating Systems, Harmony, and Android are open source, this means, developers will be able to craft new Apps if not cross-support already existing Apps from the Google Play store to Harmony OS.

According to the Huawei president of Consumer Business software Mr. Wang Chengju, Huawei has been an active contributor to the Android Open source project, and so, with such expertise, Harmony will be a standalone Project with full App support and dependencies.

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During an interview at the 2020 Developers conference, Wang confirmed that EMUI 11 (custom OS firmware for existing Huawei Smartphones) is the first step towards full Harmony integration. This means, EMUI 11 ships Harmony OS features and serves as a test to stability.

However, not all Huawei Smartphones support EMU11 and will be able to run Harmony OS. Instead its a collection of supported releases that are able to upgrade to the operating system which comes with a new smart always-on display, smoother animations, multitasking, among other features.

EMU 11 Eligible Devices and those that will support Harmony OS by 2021

Huawei Mate-series:

  • Huawei Mate 30 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G
  • Huawei Mate 30
  • Huawei Mate 30 5G
  • Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche design
  • Huawei Mate 20
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 20 X (5G)
  • Huawei Mate 20 X (4G)
  • Huawei Mate 20 Porsche RS
  • Huawei Mate X
  • Huawei Mate Xs

Huawei P-series:

  • Huawei P40
  • Huawei P40 Pro
  • Huawei P40 Pro+
  • Huawei P40 Lite
  • Huawei P40 Lite 5G
  • Huawei P30
  • Huawei P30 Pro
  • Huawei P30 Pro New Edition

Huawei Enjoy Series:

  • Huawei Enjoy 20 Pro
  • Huawei Enjoy Z 5G
  • Huawei Enjoy 10e
  • Huawei Enjoy 10 Plus
  • Huawei Enjoy 10S

Huawei Nova-series:

  • Huawei Nova 7 SE
  • Huawei Nova 7
  • Huawei Nova 7 Pro
  • Huawei Nova 7i
  • Huawei Nova 6
  • Huawei Nova 6 5G
  • Huawei Nova 6 SE
  • Huawei Nova 5T
  • Huawei Nova 5
  • Huawei Nova 5 Pro
  • Huawei Nova 5Z
  • Huawei Nova 5i Pro

Huawei Tablets:

  • Huawei MatePad Pro 4G
  • Huawei MatePad Pro 5G
  • Huawei MatePad
  • Huawei MatePad 10.8
  • Huawei MediaPad M6

When Harmony OS will be fully Intergrated on Huawei Smartphones

Several Huawei Smartphones will be able to upgrade to Harmony OS in January and February 2021. Based on a chronological and flagship order, the rest of the supported releases will also be able to transition by April 2021.

Recently, Huawei predicted that 200million devices will run Harmony OS by 2021. Based on the business ecosystem, the Chinese Giant will ship the OS project to wearables, SmartTVs, Tablets, Self Driving Cars among other IoT compatible devices as planned.

For now, Huawei ranks as the 2nd Largest Smartphone manufacturer in the World, leaping the first podium position to Samsung, then Apple in 3rd as per early Q3 2020 standings. But once Harmony OS goes live on Huawei Smartphones, the company may never slip back to Android given the current US sanctions.

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