Huawei has announced the second version of its Harmony OS operating system and detailed plans to bring it to a wider range of devices, including smartphones. Consumer companies CEO Richard Yu made the announcement earlier this week at Huawei’s developer conference in Shenzhen, China.
Huawei will make a beta of the Harmony OS 2.0 SDK available to developers today, although it will initially only support smartwatches, car head units, and TVs. A smartphone version of the SDK will follow in December 2020, and Yu has hinted that phones running Harmony OS could appear next year.
Huawei announced its all-scenario compatible operating system, Harmony OS, in 2019. Since then, a robust line of devices have been developed for the system, facilitating rapid device discovery, instant connection, hardware collaboration and the sharing of resources between multiple smart devices. The new software brings a complete upgrade to its existing distributed capabilities, including software bus, data management and security. Huawei has also introduced an adaptive UX framework that allows developers to quickly reach tens of millions of new devices and users.
With the latest update, Harmony OS will be officially open-source and developers will be able to access emulators, SDK packages, and IDE tools. The open source project, which is donated to the Open Atom Foundation, will be launched in stages with a Harmony OS mobile beta first slated for Chinese developers at the end of 2020. Richard Yu announced the roadmap for Harmony OS in his opening speech.
“From September 10, Harmony OS is open to IoT devices from 128KB to 128MB, such as smart TVs, portable devices, cars and more. In April 2021, we will open it to devices from 128MB to 4GB and in October 2021, Harmony OS will be open for devices over 4GB, ”he said.
Based on the technology distributed in Harmony OS, the new EMUI 11 enables interaction beyond smartphones. The new operating system allows devices to interact with Harmony OS-based IoT devices, giving users a unique experience in all scenarios, including using the camera of a larger screen device for video calls. The process is powered by the contactless connection between smartphones and Harmony OS home devices, enabling screen projection and more.