At China Information Technology Conference 2020, Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO, Richard Yu revealed further plans to introduce HarmonyOS AKA Hongmeng OS on other device platforms in Huawei ecosystem.
Richard said the Hongmeng OS was previously introduced in Huawei’s smart TVs and this year Huawei’s smartwatch products will also be equipped with Hongmeng OS. In the future, all of Huawei’s IoT products, including PCs, tablets, and even mobile phones may ready to use Hongmeng OS.
Huawei has already announced the date of Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) 2020, and an update of Hongmeng OS is also on the agenda of the event.
The update is likely to be the HarmonyOS 2.0 and it’ll extend platform support to PCs, Smartwatch, and smart bands. Since Yu has already mentioned that this year the company will add Smart wearable products into the pipeline, we may have to wait for the PCs and tablets but nothing is certain at the moment.
Can Huawei really use HarmonyOS for phones:
Currently, Huawei is using open-source Android-based EMUI and the company can keep using it under the open source license terms of Android as long as Android does not make it closed source. The open-source version doesn’t include Google Play Services (GMS) and its applications such as Gmail, Youtube, and others.
To get over from this problem, Huawei has been ramping up its efforts to grow Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) and its own app distribution platform – AppGallery.
Still, HarmonyOS on phones won’t be an easy task because Huawei has to build its own app and software ecosystem.
This is not the first time when a Huawei official has shown an intention to bring HarmoynOS/Hongmeng OS on phones but not acted accordingly. On the other hand, the rising U.S. challenge might make new changes in Huawei’s strategy.
Meanwhile, we’ll have to wait to find out when this OS really makes an appearance on mobile devices.