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 18.104.22.168/142 upgraded to HarmonyOS 22.214.171.124
- Huawei P30 Pro: From EMUI 126.96.36.199/142 upgraded to HarmonyOS 188.8.131.52
- Huawei Mate 20 X 5G: From EMUI 184.108.40.206 upgraded to HarmonyOS 220.127.116.11
- Huawei Mate X: From EMUI 18.104.22.168 upgraded to HarmonyOS 22.214.171.124
- Huawei Nova 5 Pro: From EMUI 126.96.36.199/146 upgraded to HarmonyOS 188.8.131.52/130
- Huawei Nova 5: From EMUI 10.1.0.103 upgraded to HarmonyOS 184.108.40.206
- Huawei Nova 5i Pro: From EMUI 10.1.0.103 upgraded to HarmonyOS 220.127.116.11
- Huawei Nova 5z: From EMUI 10.1.0.103 upgraded to HarmonyOS 18.104.22.168
- Huawei MediaPad M6 8.4-inch: From EMUI 22.214.171.124 upgraded to HarmonyOS 126.96.36.199
- Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8-inch: From EMUI 188.8.131.52 upgraded to HarmonyOS 184.108.40.206
- Huawei MediaPad M6 Turbo Edition: From EMUI 220.127.116.11 upgraded to HarmonyOS 18.104.22.168
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:
These 14 popular Huawei flagship models getting HarmonyOS 22.214.171.124
Huawei has initiated the HarmonyOS 126.96.36.199 version update for 14 of its popular flagship models coming from the Huawei P30 and Mate 20 series. These phones are running HarmonyOS in China and currently receiving continuous software support in order to provide a better user experience.
According to the changelog, the latest update for the 14 Huawei models comes with major HarmonyOS features that have been first installed on top recent smartphones – Mate 40, P40, and Mate 30 series. However, now the company is seeding these to all of the available HarmonyOS devices.
Check the adapted models below as well as the full feature changelog. One thing to note is that the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G model getting a removal of 5G switch access from the control panel’s quick settings options However, the latest development has already been made on the request of a new Chinese telecom policy. Read more about that here.
On the other hand, Huawei has released the first developer preview of the HarmonyOS 3 that will be available for the developers. However, the developer beta testing will start in the first quarter of 2022.
- Mate 20 – HMA-AL00
- Mate 20 – HMA-TL00
- Mate 20 Pro – LYA-AL00
- Mate 20 Pro – LYA-AL10
- Mate 20 Pro – LYA -TL00
- Mate 20 RS Porsche Design – LYA-AL00P
- Mate 20 X 4G – EVR-AL00
- Mate 20 X 4G – EVR-TL00
- Mate 20 X 5G – EVR-AN00
P30 – ELE-AL00
P30 – ELE-TL00
P30 Pro – VOG-AL00
P30 Pro – VOG-AL10
P30 Pro – VOG-TL00
Changelog for this software rollout:
Service Center: Adds Service combos to the Discover tab in Service Center (which you can access by swiping up from the bottom corner edges of the screen), allowing you to add service combos to the home screen to use scenario-specific widgets.
Task Center: Adds the multi-device task management feature to Task Center, allowing you to view, manage, and transfer previous tasks from other devices that support Task Center, are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and are logged in to the same HUAWEI ID. You can access Task Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and holding it.
Service Widgets: Adds the people album service widget (you can add it to your home screen by swiping up on the Gallery app icon) which loops photos of the person you select. Touch the avatar in the top corner to switch to another person, or touch a photo to open the album of the selected person.
Input methods: Adds a shortcut icon that you can touch to download and use Celia Keyboard directly.
AI Voice: Optimizes the Al Voice feature.
System: Improves the user experience with basic operations, including touch and volume control, and adds support for enlarging home screen icons. Optimizes the system power consumption in certain scenarios. Removes the 5G shortcut switch (5G can be enabled in Settings > Mobile network > Mobile data).
First HarmonyOS smart car cockpit will launch by the end of this year, check user interface
During the HDC 2021, Huawei has released the latest development made in the HarmonyOS ecosystem. The tech maker has announced 150 million device upgrades and the current speed of partners that continues to increase. Moreover, the company also launched the first developer preview of the HarmonyOS 3, which will help the developer to understand this new HarmonyOS version before it becomes available for developer beta testing.
However, there’s one more interesting announcement that has been made at the event. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group and smart car solutions BU revealed that the first HarmonyOS powered smart car cockpit will launch by the end of this year.
The Huawei business chief also expected that at the end of this year or early next year, the new generation of luxury mid-size SUVs released by SERES will be equipped with a smart cockpit based on HarmonyOS. Huawei hopes that through the HarmonyOS system, the user experience of the smart cockpit will surpass that of other manufacturers around the world.
Furthermore, Huawei has also revealed the user interface for the in-car HarmonyOS system that will launch by the end of this year on a SERES car. The user interface is very immersive and functional.
Wang Jun, president of Huawei Smart Car Solutions BU, confirmed that the HarmonyOS-A smart cockpit operating system is currently the only open cockpit system and will begin to sell by the end of this year.
That’s not it, Huawei also showed us some data regarding the current moves that HarmonyOS has made in the smart car industry after the announcement of HarmonyOS 2.0 at HDC 2020. Based on the HarmonyOS in-car system, Huawei has developed in-depth cooperation with more than 80 hardware and software partners.
Efforts to change the current situation of cockpit system hardware solidification, fewer applications, and slow upgrades, and jointly define hardware interfaces to achieve plug-and-play hardware, replaceable upgrades and diversified hardware interconnections, and open to applications through API interfaces.
Huawei says it’s focusing to develop a cockpit system with full-scenario coverage and multi-device coordination to provide consumers with personalized, smart, and diversified service experiences that is nowhere to find.
HarmonyOS programming language is coming: Huawei
Deng Taihua, vice president of Huawei and president of the computing product line, said in an interview in September this year that Huawei will launch an HarmonyOS programming language Cangjie next year to connect HarmonyOS and Euler in the application development ecosystem.
Huawei previously stated that Euler and Hongmeng have connected the sharing of core technology. In the future, it plans to build a distributed soft bus capability in Euler, so that devices equipped with the Euler operating system can automatically identify and connect to HarmonyOS devices.
Additionally, Huawei’s Managing Director, CEO of Consumer Business, and CEO of Smart Car Solutions BU, Yu Chengdong, announced that the number of HarmonyOS devices exceeds 150 million, making it the fastest-growing terminal operating system in history.