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



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.

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


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.

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.

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.