Tuesday, May 18

the launch of the beta on smartphones is confirmed for mid-December

Developers should have access to a first beta of Harmony OS 2.0 around December 18, before a first public beta is deployed in April 2021. Huawei is slowly preparing its move away from Android.

Although tensions between Huawei and the United States seem to have diminished in intensity since the end of October, the Chinese giant does not plan to wait for the outcome of the conflict that has opposed it to the American administration for a year and a half now. A year and a half since the multinational is indeed subject to an embargo depriving it of Google services – widely used by Westerners – on all of its smartphones.

Around December 18

Once this ban was officially put in place, Huawei immediately bounced back by launching the development of its own operating system under the name of Harmony OS and whose goal is to be able to function on all types of devices. The project has advanced considerably to the point of becoming an expected reality in the course of the 2021 vintage for smartphones. Now a first beta reserved for developers should land very soon.

Huawei headquarters in Beijing

Huawei headquarters in Beijing // Gamesdone: Frandroid

According to GSMArena quoting Wang Chenglu (via a Huawei employee on Weibo), president of the software department of Huawei Consumer Business Group, Huawei will deploy this beta for smartphones on December 18, even if this date remains provisional and not definitive. The company’s roadmap would then take us to a demo in January or February 2021, followed by a public beta scheduled for April 2021 and a more global launch in October.


According to the person, the progress of the project is going as planned, without any particular hitch. This good progress therefore brings Huawei closer to total independence from Android with a platform over which it would have perfect control.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro rear panel

HarmonyOS is designed to land on a whole ecosystem of devices // Gamesdone: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

HarmonyOS aims to become a home and multiplatform operating system, which will give Huawei much better control of its ecosystem and the features offered to developers. According to the Middle Empire firm, it will also be enough to develop an application only once for it to work equally well on smartphones, tablets, computers, connected watches and car screens.


Huawei seems in any case determined to dissociate itself from the Country of Uncle Sam, even if the election of Joe Biden as president of the United States could calm the spirits. In the event of an embargo lifted – nothing predicted at the time of this writing – the Asian firm should not for all that abandon this project in which it has invested so much. On the contrary.

It remains to be seen whether the manufacturer plans one day to launch smartphones running natively under HarmonyOS or whether it will simultaneously pursue its strategy of Huawei Mobile Services operating with an open source version of Android.

Also, Huawei aims to build its own chip factory. A long-term project that once again shows its ambitions in the coming decade: no longer relying solely on foreign industries and technologies, by developing its own internal solutions that are not at risk of being subject to any embargo. bulky.

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