Huawei announces HarmonyOS 2.0, coming to smartphones in 2021

By | September 10, 2020

Exactly one year ago, Huawei introduced 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 expanding to more devices.

Huawei announces HarmonyOS 2.0, coming to smartphones in 2021

The OS is built with cross-platform functionality from the ground up with support ranging from smart TVs to smartwatches, car head units and of course smartphones. Yu mentioned that the first smartphones running Huawei’s own OS could arrive sometime next year though there were no specifics. It seems that it will be limited to China initially.

The HarmonyOS 2.0 SDK for smart TVs, watches and car head units will be available starting tomorrow while the version for smartphones is coming later in December.

Huawei announces HarmonyOS 2.0, coming to smartphones in 2021

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 open 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 touting improved security, smart voice recognition and fast cross-device data transfers.

Huawei announces HarmonyOS 2.0, coming to smartphones in 2021

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.

You can catch the full Huawei Developer Conference keynote below:

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