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Huawei smartphones set to receive Harmony OS in 2021

Paul Lipscombe
September 10, 2020

A beta for smartphones is due later this year for developers

Huawei has announced a major upgrade to its Harmony OS that it set to come to its smartphones next year.

The Chinese vendor confirmed that Harmony OS 2.0 will be fully open source, just over a year after launching the platform.

Huawei made the announcement at its Huawei Developer Conference via a keynote hosted by its consumer business CEO Richard Yu.

Major updates to its EMUI 11 software and HMS (Huawei Mobile Services) were also announced.

Huawei’s latest upgrade means that Harmony OS 2.0 will be able to support a wider ecosystem of products.

Until now it could only support devices with up to 128MB of RAM, typically IoT devices, however this is set to expand to 4GB by April 2021, and even further by October next year.

A beta version for developers has been released today (September 10) for smartwatches and televisions, with a beta due in December for smartphones.


Huawei also claimed to be the third biggest mobile platform in the world during the event.

The vendor referred to having over 490 million global users on its AppGallery, plus 1.8 million registered developers worldwide.

Speaking at the event Yu said: “Huawei’s breakthrough in ecosystem development is a result of the strong support from global developers and partners.

“Huawei will fully open core technologies as well as software and hardware capabilities to developers, collaborating with them to drive further innovation of an all-scenario smart ecosystem.”

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