Huawei, president of the Consumer Business Group, hosted a TEDx conference in Shenzhen, China, revealing future plans for the company’s mobile devices and IoT division. Dr Wang Chenglu confirmed that “many devices” will be able to upgrade to Harmony OS 2.0 by June 2021.
The executive expects 300 million smartphones, tablets and other IoT devices to be equipped with the Harmony operating system by the end of the calendar year.
After the announcement, a tipster said on the Huawei fan forum that the flagship P50 series will be postponed until June so that it can pioneer Harmony. Flagship products will launch alongside the MatePad Pro 2 tablet, which will also run the new operating system out of the box.
Earlier reports suggested that Huawei and Honor devices that are on EMUI 11 and Magic UI 4 can upgrade to Harmony OS 2.0. However, some Chinese sources claim that this will only be for devices powered by Kirin, which means phones with a Snapdragon or Mediatek chipset will not be eligible.
Dr Wang Chenglu, Chairman of Huawei Consumer Business Group
An Honor 9X unit that tests Huawei’s own operating system is already in beta 3.0, which means the Chinese manufacturer is continuing to develop its internal ecosystem. The software package is also available for the P40, Mate 30 and MatePad Pro devices, but only for Chinese devices at this time.
Once Huawei is ready with the home implementation, we can eventually hope that one day HarmonyOS 2.0 will go global.
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