Tuesday, December 1

Huawei will use EMUI 11 to switch smartphones from Android to HarmonyOS

The software manager at Huawei confirmed that EMUI 11 and HarmonyOS share a lot of things. Enough to allow an easy transition from Android to Huawei’s future operating system.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro rear panel

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro // Gamesdone: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Huawei has been working on a new operating system parallel to Android for over a year now: HarmonyOS. Last month, we learned that with the new version of this software, the manufacturer could do without Android next year, by making its smartphones compatible with HarmonyOS 2.0.

“Maybe from next year we will see smartphones with HarmonyOS”, said Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s consumer division. It also seems that this forecast is confirmed. This is in any case what Wang Chenglu, head of software development at Huawei, interviewed by the Pollen Club account on Weibo, whose comments were repeated by the Chinese site MyDrivers.

Asked to comment on the links between EMUI 11 and HarmonyOS, the Huawei executive explained that EMUI 11 uses the same framework than HarmonyOS for system performance or forecast. “In short, EMUI 11 and HarmonyOS are reusing more and more basic technologies”, thus analyzes MyDrivers.

EMUI 11 will serve as a gateway to HarmonyOS

In addition, as Wang Chenglu explains, HarmonyOS will first be planned for smartphones equipped with EMUI 11, with availability for download scheduled for October 2021. This suggests that EMUI 11 will serve as transition software to switch from Android to HarmonyOS.

For the site GSMArena, it means that “EMUI 11 could be the last version of EMUI before HarmonyOS”. If this has not been officially confirmed by Huawei, we imagine that this easier transition between Android and HarmonyOS will allow the Chinese manufacturer to quickly switch its smartphones from one system to another in the event of increased complications with the Google system.

For now, Harmony OS is only available on a handful of Huawei devices like TVs. We will have to wait until next year to discover the variation of the operating system on smartphones.

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