HarmonyOS 2.0, to lunch on smartphones in 2021 –Huawei announces
Just a year back, Huawei lunched its own operating system – HarmonyOS. Today CEO Richard Yu announced HarmonyOS 2.0 during the keynote at the annual Huawei Developer Conference and it’s finally going to be available to more devices.
The OS is created with cross-platform functionality from the bottom up with support including smart TVs to smartwatches, car head units and of course smartphones. Yu mentioned that the first smartphones running Huawei’s own OS might be available sometime next year with no specifics given. It seems that it will be limited to China for the meantime.
The HarmonyOS 2.0 SDK for smart TVs, watches and car head units will be ready from tomorrow while the version for smartphones will arrive later in December.
In addition, Huawei revealed its OpenHarmony project which is an open-source take on HarmonyOS similar to AOSP (Android Open Source Project). It will be available for developers soon and will support devices with as low as 128KB (yes, kilobytes) of RAM.
HarmonyOS is all about multi-screen functionality with seamless continuity and adaptive UX elements meant to work on a broad range of devices. Huawei is also working out improved security, smart voice recognition and fast cross-device data transfers.
HMS Core 5.0 was also detailed once more, bringing оver 12,000 APIs spanning 7 service categories. Huawei also shared its HMS app ecosystem has now reached 96,000 apps and is supported by 1.8 million developers.
Watch video to catch the full Huawei Developer Conference keynote: