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HarmonyOS

HarmonyOS (Hongmeng OS, Hongmeng) is an operating system developed by Huawei. HarmonyOS has a micro-kernel architecture designed to work based on a multi-platform ecosystem.

On August 10, 2019, this software was introduced at Huawei Developer Conference 2019 (HDC 2019) and initially introduced for Smart screen devices (Smart TVs). At HDC 2020, HarmonyOS 2.0 adopted smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, IoT devices, home consumer products, smart car screens, and other third-party devices.

HarmonyOS works across different devices such as smartphones and has open-source code. The HarmonyOS project currently uses Android Open Source Project (AOSP) branch to support Android apps.

HarmonyOS has DSoftBus distributed capabilities that form different hardware devices and make a virtual Super Device. This feature allows users to control connected device and their user interface using a single smartphone or tablet.

The operating system comes with Huawei’s App distribution platform – AppGallery. It publishes both Android and HarmonyOS Native applications.

HarmonyOS

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HarmonyOS

  • Developer – Huawei
  • Derived OS – Unix
  • Initial Release – August 9, 2019, 2 years, days
  • Latest Version – 2.0.0.205 (September 12, 2021, 1 day ago)
  • Latest Beta Version – 2.0.0.168 (September 12, 2021, 1 day ago)
  • Platforms supported – Phones, Tablet, Smart Wearables, IoT, Smart TVs, Home
  • Consumer Product
  • Package -.HAP
  • Kernel type – Microkernel, Linux, or LiteOS

Origin

In March 2019, Yu Chengdong (Richard Yu), CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group told that Huawei Has developed its own operating system. The company has its Plan B if it is prohibited from using Google’s Android or Windows software.

“We have prepared our operating system. Should it ever happen that we can no longer use these systems, we would be prepared. That’s our plan B,” said Richard Yu, mobile chief of Huawei Technologies, according to a translation of the Die Welt interview. “But of course we prefer to work with the ecosystems of Google and Microsoft.” (March 14, 2019)

Richard Yu Huawei

On May 20, 2019, Sources told HuaweiCentral that Huawei has developed its operating system under the name “Hongmeng”, the software was under development for a long time.

Right after our report, this news became a buzzword over the internet as giant development.

On Jun 8, 2019, Huawei registered “Hongmeng” trademark applications on most of the intellectual property organizations around the globe.

On July 12, 2019, Huawei filed a new trademark application at EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) for the word “Harmony” under the category of ‘Mobile operating system’.

HarmonyOS Release

On August 9, 2019, at HDC 19, Huawei officially announced HarmonyOS (Hongmeng OS) with Smart Screen platform support. On August 10, 2019, Honor launched the first HarmonyOS powered product – Honor Smart Screen (Smart TV).

On September 19, 2019, First Huawei branded HarmonyOS product was launched – Huawei Vision

On September 10, 2020, HarmonyOS 2.0 was unveiled at Huawei Developer Conference 2020 (HDC 2020). Added new platform support:

  1. Smartphones
  2. Tablets
  3. Smartwatches
  4. IoT Devices
  5. Smart Home Devices
  6. Smart Car Panels
  7. Other Industry Applications

Powered by HarmonyOS

HarmonyOS 2.0 Memory Support:

  • From September 10, 2020 – Device with 128KB to 128MB RAM (including IoT devices such as smart TVs, wearables, cars, and more)
  • From April 21, 2021 – Device with 128MB to 4GB RAM
  • From October 2021 – Device with over 4GB RAM

Smartphone Beta

On December 16, 2020, Huawei began HarmonyOS 2.0 developer beta for smartphones. Initially, Huawei P40, Mate 30, and MatePad Pro series participated in the Developer beta activity.

On December 16, 2020, HarmonyOS 2.0 internal beta testing started

On April 21, 2021, HarmonyOS 2.0 developer open beta first phase began

On May 9, 2021, HarmonyOS 2.0 developer open beta second phase began

On June 3, HarmonyOS 2.0 developer close beta 1 started

On June 5, HarmonyOS 2.0 developer public beta first phase began

On June 10, HarmonyOS 2.0 developer close beta second phase started

On June 16, HarmonyOS 2.0 developer public beta second phase began

On June 23, HarmonyOS 2.0 developer public beta phase three began

On June 23, HarmonyOS 2.0 stable update announced

On June 30, HarmonyOS 2.0 developer public beta third phase began

On July 13, 2021, the fourth phase of HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta started for 14 Huawei devices.

September 8, 2021, HarmonyOS sixth batch beta opens.

HarmonyOS Installations

After one week of June 2, 2021, HarmonyOS 2.0 has exceeded 10 million installations and it was just a beginning. 

After 15 days, the HarmonyOS 2.0 crossed over 18 million users. 25 million upgrades came in the month of the launch, at that time, the company added 7 million users in just 15 days.

On July 8, 2021, Huawei announced 30 million HarmonyOS 2.0 installations in smartphones. On July 29, 2021, at the Huawei P50 series launch event, Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei consumer business group announced to complete 40 million installations on smartphone devices.

We entered August, and now HarmonyOS exceeds 50 million downloads, according to the data revealed by the company, 8 users are upgrading with this new operating system per second.

On August 30, the Chinese tech giant achieve the 70 million installation mark and in just a few days, this number reached over 90 million. The speed and the interest of the Huawei device owners continue to increase the number of HarmonyOS downloads.

 

HarmonyOS Devices

Pre-installed Devices:

On June 2, 2021 – Huawei Watch 3 series, MatePad Pro 12.6, and MatePad 11

On July 29, 2021 – Huawei P50 series

Upgradable Devices:

  • Huawei Mate 40
  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
  • Huawei Mate 40 RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate 40E
  • Huawei Mate X2
  • Huawei P40
  • Huawei P40 4G
  • Huawei P40 Pro
  • Huawei P40 Pro Plus
  • Huawei Mate 30 Pro 4G
  • Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G
  • Huawei Mate 30E Pro 5G
  • Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate 30 4G
  • Huawei Mate 30 5G
  • Huawei MatePad Pro WiFi
  • Huawei MatePad Pro 5G
  • Huawei Mate Xs
  • Huawei Mate 20
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G
  • Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G Lohas Edition
  • Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G Vitality Edition
  • Huawei Nova 8
  • Huawei Nova 8 Pro
  • Huawei Nova 8 Pro 4G
  • Huawei Nova 7 5G
  • Huawei Nova 7 Pro 5G
  • Huawei Nova 6
  • Huawei Nova 6 5G
  • Huawei Nova 6 SE
  • Huawei MatePad 10.8 inches
  • Huawei MatePad 10.4 inches
  • Huawei MatePad 5G 10.4 inches
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 55 2021
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 65 2021
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 75 2021
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 85 2021
  • Huawei Smart Screen S Pro 55
  • Huawei Smart Screen S Pro 65
  • Huawei Smart Screen S Pro 75
  • Huawei Smart Screen S 55
  • Huawei Smart Screen S 65
  • Huawei Smart Screen S 75
  • Huawei Smart Screen X 65
  • Huawei P30
  • Huawei Mate 20 X 4G
  • Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
  • Huawei Mate X
  • Huawei P30 Pro
  • Huawei Nova 5 Pro
  • Huawei Enjoy 20 Pro 5G
  • Huawei Enjoy Z 5G
  • Huawei Enjoy 20 Plus 5G
  • Huawei Maimang 9
  • Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8-inch
  • Huawei MediaPad M6 8.4-inch
  • Huawei MediaPad M6 Turbo Edition
  • Huawei Enjoy Tablet 2
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei P20 Pro
  • Huawei P20
  • Huawei Nova 4
  • Huawei Nova 3
  • Huawei Nova 5i Pro
  • Huawei Nova 5z
  • Huawei Nova 5
  • Huawei Nova 4e
  • Huawei Maimang 8
  • Huawei Enjoy 9S
  • Huawei Nova 5i
  • Huawei Enjoy 10 Plus
  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design
  • Huawei P10
  • Huawei P10 Plus
  • Huawei Nova 2s
  • Huawei Enjoy 10
  • Huawei Enjoy 10s
  • Huawei Enjoy 9 Plus
  • Huawei Nova 3i
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 inches
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4 inches
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro 10.8 inches
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 Youth Edition 10.8 inches
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 Youth Edition 8 inches
  • Huawei Enjoy Tablet
  • Huawei Smart Screen V55i
  • Huawei Smart Screen V65i
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 65
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 65 2019
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 76 2019
  • Honor 30
  • Honor 30 Pro
  • Honor 30 Pro+
  • Honor 30S
  • Honor V30
  • Honor V30 Pro
  • Honor V20
  • Honor V20 Moschino Edition
  • Honor Magic 2
  • Honor 20
  • Honor 20 Pro
  • Honor X10
  • Honor X10 Max
  • Honor Tablet 6
  • Honor Tablet X6
  • Honor Play 4 Pro
  • Honor 30 Youth Edition
  • Honor Play 4
  • Honor V10
  • Honor 10
  • Honor Play
  • Honor 20S
  • Honor Play4T Pro
  • Honor 9X
  • Honor 9X Pro
  • Honor 8X
  • Honor 10 Youth Edition
  • Honor 20i
  • Honor 9
  • Honor V9
  • Honor Play 3
  • Honor Note 10
  • Honor Tablet 5 8-inch
  • Honor Tablet 5 10.1-inch
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