[Update: Oct. 07] HarmonyOS 2.0 update tracker: HongMeng OS 2.0 Release date, beta, & other info
This story is being continuously updated…. New updates are being added at the bottom…..
Original story (published on September 24, 2020) follows:
According to data from Statcounter, Huawei has, over the past year, been holding steady at about 10% of the global Mobile Vendor Market Share, trailing behind Korean tech giant Samsung at about 31% and Apple at 25% marketshare.
This is rather impressive, especially seeing as Huawei’s sales outside of China have been greatly handicapped owing to the ongoing tension between the Chinese tech giant and the U.S.
One of the biggest bones of contentions has resulted in Huawei devices shipping without Google Play services, a huge hamartia for users outside China.
This has since led to Huawei questioning its over-reliance on US tech giant, Google, and the Android platform. With that, Huawei has been working on its in-house operating system to replace Android as its platform of choice.
HongMeng OS, or Harmony OS, is Huawei’s attempt at building its own platform from scratch. Huawei is a huge company and if anyone is able to pull this off, it might as well be this industry titan. So what is the progress so far? Well, in this tracker, we shall be looking at the key milestones in the development of Harmony OS 2.0.
We already know that Harmony OS 2.0 is coming in 2021 and we’ve since seen reports that it could be coming to even more platforms.
Update 1 (September 10)
Harmony OS Official website is live and you can access it here.
This website allows users and developers to download the open-source code for Hongmeng OS. This can be done using one of the following methods.
1: Download the compressed file from the mirror site (recommended)
2: Component acquisition from the HPM website. Through HPM, find solutions that meet your needs, select/cut components and download them.
3: Use the package manager command line tool to obtain. Use HPM’s hpm-cli command line tool to execute command download.
4: Obtain from the code warehouse. Download from the code repository through repo or git tools.
Update 2 (September 11)
IST: 10:30 am: At Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) 2020 on September 11, it has been announced that Hongmeng OS is already available across more than 20 product categories. Cumulatively, these account for 12 million third-party products.
Further, the company estimates that this number is expected to exceed 100 million by end of 2020. Ambitious, but if this is true, then Hongmeng OS might already have a viable userbase and this could form the foundation for all future HongMeng OS ventures.
For a highlight of other announcements made at HDC 2020, check out this summarised rundown of the same.
IST: 12:30 pm: In an interview following the Huawei Developer Conference held on September 11 in China, Yang Haisong, Vice President of Huawei’s Software Department announced that Hongmeng OS requires as little as 128kB of RAM to operate.
IST: 12:40 pm: In a video that can only be described as a demonstration or proof of concept, a Huawei watch is shown on a circuit-board running what is said to be Hongmeng OS.
What do you think about this? Also, reports have it that this watch could be launched as soon as this year.
IST: 1:50 pm: At HDC 2020, Huawei says that it will incorporate Android 11 features into EMUI 11. Additionally, the company says that it will enable users of EMUI 11 to update to Harmony OS. This, despite Harmony OS being fundamentally different from Android.
“Yes, devices running the new distributed-technology-based EMUI 11 will be eligible for upgrade to HarmonyOS 2.0 in the future,” wrote a Huawei representative to Android Authority.
It remains unclear how this will be achieved. It is also not known whether all EMUI 11 devices will be eligible for this or only a select few.
Update 3 (September 13)
Huawei is set to announce smartphone support for Harmony OS later this year with plans to roll out devices running this new operating system in 2021.
The company, through its cross-device collaboration capability, projects that HarmonyOS 2.0 will be the future of smartphones, owing to its fundamental superiority over Android. Here’s more.
Update 4 (September 16)
New reports indicate that Huawei is bringing in Russian engineers to help fast-track the development of HarmonyOS. This is in line with the company’s plans to release a Harmony OS Beta build for smartphones later this year and an official launch later in 2021.
Update 5 (September 17)
It is being reported that the user interface on HarmonyOS 2.0 for Honor Smart TVs is expected to roll out in December of this year. This is expected to bring a number of features from the mobile division of Harmony OS.
Update 6 (September 18)
It is being reported that the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro will be the first smartwatch to launch equipped with the Hongmeng OS. The device is set to launch in China soon and it will spot wireless charging and luxury design.
Update 7 (September 23)
In a classic no-man-is-an-island move, Huawei has announced that it plans to open up Huawei Mobile Services and HarmonyOS to rival manufacturers.
Will HarmonyOS 2.0 be compelling enough for Android OEMs to switch camps? All we can do is wait and see.
Update 8 (September 26)
05:16 pm (IST): A recent report suggests that Huawei is planning to upgrade its smartphones to Harmony OS fully by next year. Thus, the company would only release Harmony OS powered devices thereafter.
Update 9 (September 28)
05:54 pm (IST): Reportedly, Huawei is set to release the Harmony OS 2.0 for developers by the end of this year, whereas, the public beta should go live in February 2021 for certain devices, most probably the devices from the P40 series.
Update 10 (October 05)
05:01 pm (IST): New details have surfaced suggesting that HarmonyOS will first become available for Huawei phones with the Kirin 9000 5G SoC. Devices powered by the Kirin 990 5G will be part of the second batch.
Devices with the Kirin 990 4G, Kirin 985, Kirin 820 will be part of the third batch. Following which, Kirin 820 and Kirin 980 powered devices will get it. Finally, Kirin 810 and Kirin 710 devices will be part of the last batch.
Update 11 (October 07)
04:39 pm (IST): While the initial list of devices that will support HarmonyOS did not include models with older chipsets, a new report (in Chinese) suggests that there are chances that devices with the Kirin 970 chipset such as the Huawei Mate 10 series and P20 series may also support HarmonyOS.
We have these and many more Huawei stories in our dedicated Huawei section.
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