At Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) 2020, the Chinese tech giant unveiled two new mobile software systems – the first is EMUI 11 and the second is the brand new operating system – HarmonyOS 2 (Hongmeng OS) 2.
HarmonyOS is Huawei’s self-developed micro-kernel-based operating system, developed to work across different devices and provide a new user experience in all scenarios. This new software platform was initially introduced in 2019 powered by distributed capabilities.
HarmonyOS 2.0 comes with a comprehensive upgrade to its existing distributed capabilities, including software bus, data management, and security. Huawei also introduced an adaptive UX framework that allows developers to quickly reach tens of millions of new devices and users by changing the user interface.
At the HarmonyOS 2.0 launching event, Huawei also unveiled a new set of tools including emulators, SDK packages, and IDE tools to develop apps for HarmoynOS 2.0 mobile, which help users to understand the basic ecology of this upcoming smartphone operating system.
In December 2020, Huawei released the HarmonyOS 2.0 mobile developer beta version and started the enrollment of flagship devices for HarmonyOS 2 beta testing.
The device open for HarmonyOS 2.0 beta includes Huawei P40, Mate 30, and MatePad Pro devices. However, these registered smartphones already received the HarmonyOS 2.0 first beta version. Since then, Huawei has conducted a bunch of beta testing on different Huawei devices, and eventually lead us to the official launch on June 2.
At the event, Huawei announced over 100 devices that will receive the HarmonyOS 2 upgrade. These devices are scheduled to receive HarmonyOS in a staged and phase timeline up to next year.
So, there’s a lot more to cover, and below you check all of the devices and their progress under one simplified tracker including the different phases of the HarmonyOS 2 upgrade.
There are three phases that Huawei follows after the developer beta testing and their sections are divided as follows:
- Closed beta
- Public Beta
- Stable release
But first, we’ll be going to explore the developer beta rollouts:
- First Closed Developer Beta (Read more): Began with Huawei P40, Mate 30, and MatePad Pro
- First Open/Public Developer Beta (Read more): Mate X2, Mate 40 Series, Smart Screen
- Third Open/Public Developer Beta (Read more): Huawei Nova 6, Nova 7, Nova 8 Series, and MatePad 10.8 Devices
Below is the HarmonyOS 2 tracker that will inform you about the beta testing of the respective devices.
Closed HarmonyOS 2 Beta Section:
June 3, 2021: First Closed Beta
The first closed beta started for 28 devices including Huawei Nova 6, Nova 7, Nova 8 series, MatePad 10.8, Mate 20 series, Mate Xs, Enjoy 20 Plus 5G, Enjoy Z 5G, Enjoy 20 Pro 5G, Maimang 9, MatePad 10.4 Series. Check the complete rollout information and model numbers here (Link)
June 10, 2021: Second Phase Beta
The second round of closed HarmonyOS 2 beta rolled out for Huawei P30 Series, Mate 20 X 5G, Mate X, Nova 5 Series, and MediaPad M6 lineup. Read more about the second phase beta here.
June 23, 2021: Third Phase Beta
HarmonyOS 2 closed beta for 12 Honor devices began, these are Honor 30, Honor V30, Honor 20, Honor V20, and more. Check full information here.
July 13, 2021: Fourth Phase Beta
Huawei has started the fourth phase of HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta testing for 14 devices including Huawei P20, Mate 10, Nova 4, Nova 5i, Nova 4e, Honor 30S, X10, and more.
August 9, 2021: Fifth Batch
Closed beta testing for Huawei Enjoy 10S, Enjoy 10 Plus, and a bunch of Honor phones including Honor 9X, Honor 9X Pro, Honor 20S, Play 4T Pro, Honor 10, and Honor V10.
September 8, 2021: Sixth Batch
HarmonyOS 2.0 beta has started for 9 Huawei devices. These phones are Huawei Enjoy 20 5G, Enjoy 9S, Maimang 8, Enjoy 10, Honor 20 Youth Edition, 8X, 10 Youth Edition, 20i (and Honor 20 AAPE edition), and Play 3. (Check more)
September 15, 2021: Seventh Batch
Huawei started the seventh batch of HarmonyOS 2.0 beta for P10, Mate 9, Nova 3, Enjoy 9 Plus, and MediaPad M5.
September 28, 2021: Eight Batch
Either batch HarmonyOS 2.0 beta testing recruitment began for 6 Huawei devices. Read more about these here.
Public HM OS 2 Beta Section:
June 2, 2021: First Public Beta
First HarmonyOS 2 public beta was announced for Huawei Mate 40, P40, Mate 30, MatePad Pro series, and Mate X2. Check more information here.
June 16, 2021: Second Public Beta
The second phase of public beta testing started for Huawei Nova 6, Nova 7, and Nova 8 series smartphones. Check full details here.
June 30, 2021: Third Public Beta
Huawei opened the third public beta phase with a bunch of devices including the previous flagship – the Huawei P30 series, Mate 20 series, Nova 7 SE devices, Mate Xs, and others. You can check the details here.
July 1, 2021: Fourth Public Beta
Huawei released the HarmonyOS 2.0 public beta update for Huawei Nova 8 SE, Nova 6 SE, Enjoy 20 Plus 5G, Enjoy Z 5G, Enjoy 20 Pro 5G, and Maimang 9. Check more information here.
July 12, 2021: Fifth Public Beta
The fifth round of HarmonyOS 2.0 public beta opened for Huawei Nova 5, Nova 5i Pro, and Nova 5Z devices. For more information, click here.
July 22, 2021: Sixth Public Beta
Huawei started the HarmonyOS 2.0 public beta for 12 Honor devices including Honor 30, V30, 20, V20, Play 4 Pro, Magic 2, and more.
August 20, 2021: Seventh Public beta
September 18, 2021: Eighth Public Beta
This batch of public beta includes P20, Mate 10 series, Nova 3, Enjoy 10 series, Honor 9X, 10, V10, and Play4T Pro. Read more
June 23, 2021: First Stable Release
HarmonyOS 2 stable build first released for Huawei Mate 40, P40, Mate 30, MatePad Pro series, and Mate X2 devices. Check more this stable rollout here.
July 8, 2021: Second Stable Release
July 21, 2021: Third Stable Release
Huawei kicked off the stable HarmonyOS 2.0 version for a bunch of Huawei devices including Huawei Mate X2, P30 series, Mate 20 series, and more. Check more details here.
August 4, 2021: Fourth Stable Release
Huawei Enjoy 20 Pro and Enjoy 20 Plus users getting the stable HarmonyOS 2 update.
September 15, 2021:
HarmonyOS stable rollout began for 7 Huawei devices. Read more.
- So far the HarmonyOS 2 testing remains eclosed among Chinese models
- This rollout progress is related to the Chinese model
- HarmonyOS 2 global upgrade plan is yet to come
- We can update/change the information in the HarmonyOS 2 tracker
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.
Huawei HarmonyOS 3 developer preview launched, improved performance
During the Huawei Developer Conference 2021, Huawei announced the first HarmonyOS 3 developer preview. The Chinese tech giant announced this new HarmonyOS version as an upgrade over HarmonyOS 2. So, developers in China are eligible to test the HarmonyOS 3 via the HarmonyOS 3 developer beta version and start developing apps for the latest HarmonyOS version.
To be mentioned, the HarmonyOS 3.0 developer beta will be opened in the first quarter of 2022. So, it can be tested on different devices. Still, the launch of general consumers of smartphones and other devices is far away, since it’s still in the development mode.
With the release of Huawei of the first HarmonyOS 3 Developer Preview, the Chinese tech maker continues to innovate around the three core values of system architecture, Super Device, and one-time development, and multi-device deployment, bringing about a comprehensive upgrade of system capabilities and development tools.
According to the information, the HarmonyOS 3 developer preview includes performance improvements over HarmonyOS 2.0. these are 50 percent improvements in terms of Device discovery performance, 100 percent improvement in terms of HD projection stability, and 20 percent improvement in terms of enhanced cross-device operation performance.