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HarmonyOS for phones in April, could Huawei P50 be the first to pre-equip?

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Huawei has finally unveiled its new foldable phone, Mate X2 that folds inwards in features two displays, a new hinge system for a better folding mechanism, and a powerful Kirin processor for multi-tasking and other stuff.

During the launch event, Richard Yu AKA Yu Chengdong confirmed that Huawei’s HarmonyOS for smartphones will launch in April and the Mate X2 will be included in the first batch of devices.

Taking you back to the last Huawei Developer Conference, Yu announced that the company will launch a new Huawei phone with pre-equipped HarmonyOS somewhere in the first quarter of 2021.

Back to the topic, Huawei P50 could launch in the last week of March in the global market but its unveiling for the Chinese market likely to happen in the first week of April.

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So, there’s a fair chance that the global version of the P50 is packed with EMUI 11.1 while on the other hand, the Chinese version feature HarmonyOS.

How is it possible for Huawei to use two OS?

The main factor behind this change lies in the application ecosystem. Even without Google Mobile Services (GMS), the Huawei P50 Pro will make its way to the global market with EMUI 11.1 + Huawei Mobile Services and the AppGallery.

However, since the Chinese market doesn’t need Google Mobile Services (GMS) and since HarmonyOS supports the APK files as well, the Chinese users don’t need anything except AppGallery to get their applications.

Huawei P50 Pro Render

Partnerships:

The Chinese tech giant has announced its partnership with many smart home appliances and IoT companies in the home market to install HarmonyOS in their devices. Huawei has aimed to reach 300 to 400 million HarmonyOS smart devices by this year.

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However, Huawei will also have to launch a new device that will work as a remote to control those HarmonyOS powered devices. Therefore, which device could be better to do this? Of course, the Huawei P50 lineup.

Still, there’s no official confirmation on this matter, and we don’t deny the possibility of Huawei introducing a brand new smartphone powered by HarmonyOS.

We’ll keep you posted on this story.

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Amy is our firmware and software specialist, she keeps her eagle eyes open for new software rollouts, beta programs, and other software related activities as well as new smartphone launch.

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Cocos Creator games can use HarmonyOS multi-screen collaboration for a new multiplayer experience

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Back in June, Huawei officially launched HarmonyOS 2 for mobile devices, and it comes with various new features powered by the new distributed capabilities. This helps users to enjoy a seamless cross-device experience more conveniently.

However, game-making software also acknowledging the power of HarmonyOS. As Cocos Creator, a well-known gaming creation platform became the first of its kind software to adopt the HarmonyOS 2 operating system.

Cocos Creator 3.2 version brings HarmonyOS 2 support and can fully utilize the new distributed capabilities of this operating system. Developers can easily develop games with multi-device collaboration features.

To create a new project in Cocos Creator, select the new project with HarmonyOS operating system, then import the completed project into the DevEco Studio to compile/package/deploy, and debug.

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The overall workflow is similar to that of developers publishing to other native mobile platforms, and it is very simple for developers familiar with this type of development.

The Cocos Creator engine brings a multi-device collaboration game template that supports HarmonyOS, allowing developers to quickly create games that support multi-device collaboration through this template.

Developers can apply after discovery, pairing, connection, combination, and verification, two devices can be connected to create more interesting applications and increase the entire gameplay experience.

Grab the Gold Coins Game:

Such power of HarmonyOS will empower a game such as “Grab the Gold Coins”, which emphasizes the HarmonyOS multi-collab game template on the Cocos engine.

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The game can quickly realize the device discovery and connection functions on HarmonyOS, using the mobile phone as a gamepad to control the large screen, and gameplay is easy to understand and play.

Cocos Creator HarmonyOS

To play such games, A bigger screen (a Huawei Smart TV) will work as the display and the smartphone as a controller.

When the game starts, the smart screen will pop up the device selection page, select a nearby Huawei phone as the handle input terminal, establish a connection, and initialize the device.

After the connection is established, the smart screen will use the senDataToRemote interface to inform that the mobile phone can enter the game state as a controller, and the mobile phone as a handle receives the signal that the game can start operation through onRemoteRequest, and starts to send the control data to the smart screen.

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Overall, the game process In, all control data can be transmitted and fed back through these two interfaces to realize the game logic of picking up gold coins, picking up hammers, and grabbing gold coins.

Using multiple devices:

The distributed capability of HarmonyOS 2 allows mobile devices to quickly virtualize to handle the smart TV connections and transforms into an interactive console. This enables users to connect with multiple devices into one game and get a multi-player user experience.

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Huawei Nova 4e begun testing HarmonyOS 2 closed beta

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Huawei Nova 4e has finally entered the HarmonyOS 2.0 beta program. This operating system allows the Nova 4e to upgrade with new features and provide a better user experience.

The HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta for the Nova 4e carries version 2.0.0.137 upgrading from EMUI 10.0 version 10.0.0.168. To check your device’s current version navigate to Settings > About phone > Version number.

Huawei is rolling out the HarmonyOS 2.0 in China, while the users in the global markets are still waiting for the beta tests. Also, the company hasn’t yet revealed its plan for HM OS upgrade outside China.

Compatible models:

  • Huawei Nova 4e (MAR-AL00)
  • Huawei Nova 4e (MAR-TL00)

Upgrade details:

  • Release date: July 31, 2021
  • Number of users (first batch): 2000

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HarmonyOS 2.0 brings for Huawei nova 4e?

This beta after installation will completely change the UI of your device, making it more interactive and smoother than before. The HarmonyOS 2.o comes with new features and changes that reflect in every part of the UI.

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Further, this new OS features a brand new home screen, service widgets, Huawei share, smart folder, super device, collaborative security, and much more.

The super device is the most unique and productive function to try on in the new HM OS. It allows users to control a bunch of devices using a single device. Check more of the innovative features of HarmonyOS 2.0 here.

Things to remember before upgrade:

  • You should install the latest EMUI version mentioned above in order to make your Nova 4e compatible with this upgrade.
  • Fill in all your details correctly while registering for the beta, otherwise you won’t receive it.
  • This update will not erase your data, even then we recommend you to backup your important files, in case.
  • Some of the third-party applications might not be supported due to their incompatibility for HarmonyOS 2.0.
  • Maintain enough battery and storage on your device (at least 10GB), before installing the package.
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HarmonyOS 2 Mobile Beta Tracker

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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.

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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.

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There are three phases that Huawei follows after the developer beta testing and their sections are divided as follows:

  1. Closed beta
  2. Public Beta
  3. Stable release

But first, we’ll be going to explore the developer beta rollouts:

  1. First Closed Developer Beta (Read more): Began with Huawei P40, Mate 30, and MatePad Pro
  2. First Open/Public Developer Beta (Read more): Mate X2, Mate 40 Series, Smart Screen
  3. 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:

HarmonyOS 2 closed beta

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

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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

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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.

Public HM OS 2 Beta Section:

HarmonyOS 2 Public beta

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

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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

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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

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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.

Stable HarmonyOS 2 Release Section
HarmonyOS 2 Stable

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

Huawei announced the second batch of devices that are receiving a HarmonyOS 2.0 stable update. The devices are Huawei Nova 6, Nova 7, Nova 8, and MatePad 10.8. Check for more information.

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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.

Notes:-

  • 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
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