Huawei has officially announced HarmonyOS 2.0, the second version of its proprietary operating system announced last year and which now officially welcomes – and finally – support for smartphones.
The novelty had already been anticipated in recent days, and will therefore allow Huawei to permanently put aside the limits imposed by the US government ban that prevent it from using American technology.
The debut of the proprietary operating system and the smartphones that will use it will take place in four distinct phases. At the same time, the OpenHarmony project will start – a sort of Android AOSP, but in HarmonyOS style.
- September 2020: The first beta version of the HarmonyOS 2.0 SDK will be released today with support for smartwatches, TVs and in-car infotainment. Initial support for devices with RAM memory up to 128MB is also guaranteed
- December 2020: A beta version of the HarmonyOS 2.0 SDK dedicated to smartphones will be released
- April 2021: Support for mobile devices will be expanded in spring 2021 to include smartphones with RAM memory up to 4GB
- October 2021: Huawei will permanently remove the memory limit
This being the case, therefore, it will take over a year before the world will be able to see and experience the first true smartphone based on the HarmonyOS 2.0 operating system.
At this point it remains to be seen if, as anticipated a few days ago, HarmonyOS will be able to constitute a "threat" for Google and its services, including the Android operating system.