At present, Huawei is focusing on HarmonyOS 2.0 installation and testing programs. Keeping its preparation at full pace, the company is also working to cover more and more devices under the HarmonyOS umbrella as soon as possible.
After the official revealing of HarmonyOS 2, Huawei began the closed and public beta testing activity of the new OS for its devices in the two different batches limited Chinese market.
Post recruitment, Huawei has moved one step forward and started rolling out the first HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta software update for smartphones registered in the second batch of this testing activity.
For your information, Huawei will keep on testing the HarmonyOS 2 until its reaches the stable level and for the commercial use case. The stable rollout stage is required because it’ll lead to HarmonyOS 2 rollout for the global consumers, yet, we’ve to wait for more information on this matter.
HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta Second batch rollout:
Let’s move towards, the HarmonyOS first closed beta update, which is rolling for 11 devices from P30, Nova 5, and MatePad M6 series.
The HarmonyOS 2.0 beta software update offers a whole new operating and features including a new home screen, control panel, service center, HarmonyOS font, better security, and more surprising ones. [Full changelog below]
Note: Currently, the HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta campaign is going on in mainland China. The company will expand for global users.
HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta devices (first beta):
- Huawei P30
- Huawei P30 Pro
- Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
- Huawei Mate X
- Huawei Nova 5 Pro
- Huawei Nova 5
- Huawei Nova 5i Pro
- Huawei Nova 5z
- Huawei MediaPad M6 8.6-inch
- Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8-inch
- Huawei MediaPad M6 Turbo Edition
HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta devices with the new software version:
- Huawei P30: From EMUI 188.8.131.52/142 upgraded to HarmonyOS 184.108.40.206
- Huawei P30 Pro: From EMUI 220.127.116.11/142 upgraded to HarmonyOS 18.104.22.168
- Huawei Mate 20 X 5G: From EMUI 22.214.171.124 upgraded to HarmonyOS 126.96.36.199
- Huawei Mate X: From EMUI 188.8.131.52 upgraded to HarmonyOS 184.108.40.206
- Huawei Nova 5 Pro: From EMUI 220.127.116.11/146 upgraded to HarmonyOS 18.104.22.168/130
- Huawei Nova 5: From EMUI 10.1.0.103 upgraded to HarmonyOS 22.214.171.124
- Huawei Nova 5i Pro: From EMUI 10.1.0.103 upgraded to HarmonyOS 126.96.36.199
- Huawei Nova 5z: From EMUI 10.1.0.103 upgraded to HarmonyOS 188.8.131.52
- Huawei MediaPad M6 8.4-inch: From EMUI 184.108.40.206 upgraded to HarmonyOS 220.127.116.11
- Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8-inch: From EMUI 18.104.22.168 upgraded to HarmonyOS 22.214.171.124
- Huawei MediaPad M6 Turbo Edition: From EMUI 126.96.36.199 upgraded to HarmonyOS 188.8.131.52
First HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta changelog:
Home-screen: Swiping up on the app icon generates a service widget, which can be resized dragged to a new location, or added to your custom home screen.
Control Panel: Swiping down from the upper-right edge of the screen takes you to Control Panel. Device Control access has been added to the shortcut switches panel so that you can control all of your devices with the same ease as navigating on your phone.
Service Center: If you swipe up from the lower left or lower right corner on the screen, the system will lead to the Service Center. This is the place, where all of your collected service widgets are stored and ready to offer access to your desired services.
Smart Folder: HarmonyOS adds support for app categorization and management. By pressing down on a standard folder displays a large folder, which offers direct access to desired apps.
HarmoynOS Fonts: HarmonyOS brings support for step-free font Weight adjustments and adjusts the size of the font itself.
Smart Office: Under this label, HarmonyOS brings you the capability to transfer files on cross-device platforms without requiring a data cable with the power of Huawei Share, which increases the file transfer speed and provides faster and secure file sharing between Huawei smartphones, computers, and tablets.
Smart Home: Offers nimble, intelligent operations on household appliances, such as quickly accessing the phone’s network from the devices, controlling screenless devices, installation-free apps, and direct service access, which can be accessed by tapping your phone against the selected household appliance, or bringing your phone into the proximity to the appliance.
Seamless Performance: All operations, including touches and swipes, are smoother and more natural, with images and videos loading more quickly as well.
Task manager: Support task status saving infrequently used apps, meaning that even after you’ve switched to another app, you can pick up a previous task right from where you had left off.
MeeTime: Added support for multi-party calls. Now, both Huawei mobile phones and tablets can freely access audio and video calls
App Guard: The App Guard mode is enabled by default, to ensure that all apps subject deep scans for malicious behavior, security vulnerabilities, privacy risks, and other related behaviors while being installed.
This prevents risky apps from being installed while helping safeguard the secure running environment of the entire system.
Collaborative Security: Add a mobile – Computer collaborative authentication feature and allows you to unlock your phone by entering the phone’s screen unlock password on your Huawei computer when your phone and computer are connected via multi-screen collaboration.
Certifications: The TEE OS security kernel has obtained the CC EAL5+ certification, indicating the highest security level for a global commercial operating system kernel. The HarmonyOS operating system has obtained CC EAL4+ security certification, China’s highest security certification.
There are few things to remember before beginning to update on HarmonyOS 2 closed beta:
- Users are compulsory to download and upgrade to the required EMUI version to receive the beta push.
- During the closed beta test, users are suggested to enable the user experience improvement plan (path: Settings-System and Update-User Experience Improvement Plan) to facilitate the developers to perform system and application analysis, fault diagnosis, etc., and continue to improve the version quality.
- This upgrade will not delete your data, but it is recommended that users take a backup of all of the important data to a PC or the cloud before the update process begins and confirm that the backup content is complete, otherwise it may cause a risk of data loss.
- Some third-party apps may not be compatible with HarmonyOS, the app may not work as usual after the update. It is recommended that you try to update the apps on the latest version from AppGallery.
- After the upgrade process is completed, the phone may heat up, get cold or perform slow charging. This is caused by the self-optimization and adaptation process performed by the system following the upgrade.
- Following the upgrade, rest assured that it will recover by itself after a period of time. It is recommended that you charge for more than 1 hour in your free time. During the charging period, the system will perform optimization to ensure that the mobile application is quickly adapted.
- After the update, the home screen may get unorganized, please adjust it manually.
- This update procedure requires to vacate at least 10GB of free space for the installation package, which will automatically be deleted after the successful installation.
Also, check the linked video for a better understanding of new HarmonyOS features:
Check Xiaomi Mi 6 ported with HarmonyOS [Video]
Open source HarmonyOS, OpenHarmony is making good progress in the Chinese smartphone market and its open source capability is allowing people to experiment on old non-Huawei and low specs devices, such as Xiaomi Mi 6.
An OpenHarmony developer uploaded a video on the Chinese video-sharing platform Bilibili and showed how he ported OpenHarmony onto a Mi 6 smartphone. Interestingly, the OpenHarmony boot up successfully.
The developer didn’t reveal much of the information but confirmed that the touch unit didn’t work up, while the home screen has been loaded successfully.
The developer also shared a guide to port OpenHarmony old devices.
To confirm that the ported device can be unlocked and flashed and it has a third-party recovery similar to TWRP to facilitate flashing. The OpenHarmony kernel is based on the standard Linux 5.10 kernel, and 4.19 is no longer supported. During the installation, the device needs to have the kernel source code of 5.10 or above, the developer needs to confirm that the device driver source code and firmware can be obtained, and related stuff.
In addition, to open-source HarmonyOS, Xiaomi Mi 6 phones have previously supported flashing into the Windows 11 ARM system.
Launched in 2017, Mi Phone 6 is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, a 5.15-inch 1080p resolution, 4/6GB RAM + 64/128GB storage. It has a built-in 3350mAh battery, It supports 18W fast charging.
On the other hand, the rear dual camera has a 12-megapixel telephoto lens and a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens that supports 2x optical zoom and four-axis anti-shake. On the front end, you get an 8-megapixel camera. Additionally, Mi 6 is waterproof, has multi-function NFC, supports WeChat and Alipay fingerprint payment, and uses 2×2 dual-way WiFi for network, supports dual card dual standby.
HarmonyOS ported Xiaomi MI6 pic.twitter.com/FowoY7Qbjo
— Deng Li (@MrDengLi) February 1, 2023
These 74 Huawei devices installed HarmonyOS 3 [List]
Today, Huawei shared details about 74 devices that installed HarmonyOS 3 operating system via OTA update. On the other hand, the tech maker also shared a lineup of models that will grab this major software version in 2023.
As of January 31, 2023, Huawei has upgraded an overall 74 devices with HarmonyOS 3. This includes 62 devices with stable versions, 1 with the public beta, and 11 devices just began their closed beta journey.
HarmonyOS 3 comes with a variety of new upgrades over HarmonyOS 2. These are smart folders with new layout options, better animations, service widget stacking, and grouping capability. On the other hand, HarmonyOS 3 also enhances the device’s security and privacy sections.
Here are the devices with HarmonyOS 3:
P50, P50 Pro, P50 Pro Collector’s Edition, P50E, P50 Pocket, P50 Pocket Art Custom Edition, Mate Xs 2, Mate Xs 2 Collector’s Edition, Mate X2, Mate X2 4G, Mate X2 Collector’s Edition, Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro 4G, Mate 40 Pro, Mate 40 Pro+, Mate 40 RS Porsche Design Collector’s Edition, Mate 40 RS Porsche Design, Mate 40E, Mate 40E Pro, Mate 40E 4G, P40, P40 4G, P40 Pro, P40 Pro+, Nova 10, Nova 10 Pro, Nova 9, Nova 9 Pro, Nova 8, Nova 8 Pro 5G, Nova 8 Pro 4G, Mate 30, Mate 30 5G, Mate 30 Pro, Mate 30 Pro 5G, Mate 30 RS Porsche Design, Mate 30E Pro 5G, Mate Xs, MatePad Pro 12.6 2021, MatePad 11, MatePad Pro 10.8 2021, MatePad Pro 10.8, MatePad Pro 5G 10.8, MatePad 10.8, Smart Screen V75 Pro, Smart Screen V65 Pro, Smart Screen V98, Smart Screen V75 Super, Smart Screen V85 2021, Smart Screen V75 2021, Smart Screen V65 2021, Smart Screen V55 2021, Sound X NEW, Sound X 2021, Sound Joy, AI Speaker 2e, Nova 9 SE, Watch 3, Watch 3 Pro, Nova 7 5G, Nova 7 Pro 5G, Nova 6 and Nova 6 5G and Huawei MatePad 10.4 2022 special edition.
Active Closed Beta:
Huawei P30, P30 Pro, Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 RS, Mate 20 X, Mate 20 X 5G, Nova 5 Pro, Mate X, Enjoy 50 Pro.
Below you can check all of the devices that will upgrade to HM OS 3 in 2023.
Huawei devices – Q1, 2023:
Huawei P20, Huawei nova 8 SE, Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei nova 8 SE Vitality Edition, Huawei Mate 10, Huawei nova 7 SE 5G, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Huawei nova 7 SE 5G Lohas Edition, Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design, Huawei nova 7 SE 5G Vitality Edition, Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design, Huawei nova 10 SE, Huawei Enjoy 50, and Huawei MatePad 10.4-inch 2022.
Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro 43mm, Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro 46mm, Huawei Watch GT 3/Porsche Design, Huawei Watch GT 3 42mm, Huawei Watch GT 3 46mm, Huawei Watch GT Runner and Huawei Watch GT 2022 Standard Edition.
Huawei devices – Q2, 2023:
Huawei Nova 6 SE, Huawei Enjoy 20 Pro 5G, Huawei Nova 5, Huawei Enjoy 20 Plus 5G, Huawei Nova 5i Pro, Huawei Enjoy Z 5G, Huawei Nova 5i, Huawei Enjoy 10S, Huawei Nova 5z, Huawei Enjoy 10 Plus, Huawei Nova 4, Huawei Enjoy 9S, Huawei Nova 4e, Huawei Maimang 9 5G, Huawei Enjoy 20 5G, Huawei Maimang 8, Huawei MatePad 10.4 inches and Huawei MatePad 5G 10.4 inches.
Honor smartphones: Q1 2023
Honor 30, Honor V30, Honor 30 Pro, Honor V30 Pro, Honor 30 Pro+, and Honor Play4 Pro.
Honor smartphones: Q2 2023
Honor 20, Honor 10, Honor 20 PRO, Honor V10, Honor V20, Honor X10, Honor V20 MOSCHINO Joint Edition, Honor X10 Max, Honor Magic 2, Honor 9X, Honor 30S, Honor 9X PRO, Honor 30 Youth Edition, Honor Play4, Honor 20S, Honor Play4T Pro, Honor 20 Youth Edition, Honor 8X, Honor 20i, Honor Play3 and Honor 10 Youth.
HarmonyOS 4 will be a new major upgrade
The anticipation is rising and HarmonyOS 4 could bring us some new user experience that we’re waiting for. Inputs coming from Weibo reveal that Huawei is working on HarmonyOS 4 and it could be the major launch version for Huawei devices.
According to the information, HarmonyOS 4 will come with major design changes and new features that will improve the user experience. Meanwhile, we’re also seeing inputs about HarmonyOS 3.1, which could debut along with the Huawei P60 series. Also, it could be taken as a major improvement version over HarmonyOS 3.0.
Therefore, HarmonyOS 4 deserves to be a major upgrade to complete the cycle.
Skipped at Last year:
At Huawei Developer Conference 2021, Huawei launched HarmonyOS 3 and began testing the developer preview. On the other hand, the tech maker launched it in public in July 2022 for smartphones. At HDC 2022, Huawei didn’t launch HarmonyOS 4, yet it unveiled various services and HarmonyOS 3.1.
The stationed launch of a second HarmonyOS version suits the motive here, because, Huawei has decided to put two operating system versions among consumers.
One will be a substantial upgrade and the second one will be major. Therefore, HarmonyOS 3.1 could be seen in the Huawei P60 series and HarmonyOS 4 in Huawei Mate 60 series, which is slated to launch in the second half of this year.
As for now, Huawei has not revealed the official details about HarmonyOS 3.1 or HarmonyOS 4’s features and user interface.
Unveiled at HDC 2019, Huawei first introduced HarmonyOS in smart screens, and then the company opened it for various platforms. By harnessing the power of shared APIs and cross-device support, HarmonyOS could provide an all-around user experience.
For example, you can connect and control all of your smart home and IoT devices right from your smartphone. Various industry partners are using HarmonyOS to build new devices and helping to grow the HarmonyOS ecosystem.