HarmonyOS is Huawei’s self-developed distributed operating system, which was first introduced at Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) 2019. The HarmonyOS, also known as Hongmeng OS, designed to deliver a new user experience across all devices and scenarios inside the Huawei ecosystem.
On September 10, at HDC 2020, Huawei revealed the new version of HarmonyOS, HarmonyOS 2.0 with new capabilities such as software bus, data management, and security and supports seamless connectivity among all devices in a Huawei ecosystem.
Recently, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG gave a statement regarding the certification for Chinese smartphone companies to get Google Mobile Service (GMS) and Play Store and what they can do if they failed to do so.
Richard said, if blocked by the U.S., Huawei can help all Chinese smartphone makers to use HarmonyOS operating system and feature our smartphone services to remove dependence on Google Mobile Services (GMS). This statement is surely big but it’s not a new one as the CBG chief made a similar statement later last year.
Back in May 2019, the US government added Huawei into Entity-List and restricts American companies to do business with Huawei. Due to this, Google also stopped certifying new Huawei devices with Google Play certificates, which results in Huawei smartphone users will not receive pre-installed GMS and Google Play Store.
According to the information, for this, HarmonyOS kernel needs to be flexible to work with different chipsets and make it open source to use it on other smartphones. However, that’s not the case at the moment but Huawei at HDC 2019 confirmed that it has planned to do so in the coming future.
Previously, Guo Ping held a discussion with its employees and released a discussion themed as “Don’t waste an opportunity during a crisis” and motivated them to stay positive to bring a new mobile ecosystem for the consumers.
Huawei is working hard to build an independent mobile ecosystem as a substitute for Google services and it will be open-source for all but one thing is for sure that it’ll not be easy for Huawei to compete with Google. However, since Chinese smartphone maker doesn’t use GMS anyway, they can easily inherit the growing ecosystem of HarmonyOS and build it along with Huawei.
On December 16, Huawei released the HarmonyOS 2.0 mobile developer beta version and opened the beta testing recruitment for Huawei P40, Mate 30 series, and MatePad Pro.
On the other hand, Huawei is also planning to upgrade all of its existing devices to HarmonyOS. So, that existing users can experience HarmonyOS features without buying new devices but there’s no accurate data available on this matter.
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.