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Huawei Mate 20 series receiving first HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta, replaces EMUI 11 with operating system



Following last week’s registration, Huawei has now begun sending the first build of HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta for one of the beloved flagship phones – Huawei Mate 20. Still, the testing is limited to the Chinese models but we hope that Huawei is making a good plan to release this OS for global users as soon as possible.

The beta release is the initiation of the process that has been required by the Mate 20 series owners but only beta testers can enjoy the new features. However, we’ve got the complete information regarding this update rollout, so don’t worry about the details.

Adapted Models:

The first beta software update for the Huawei Mate 20 series comes with HarmonyOS version upgrading and it’s rolling out for the Chinese version models of:

  • Huawei Mate 20 (HMA-AL00/HMA-TL00)
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro (LYA-AL00/LYA-AL10/LYA-TL00)
  • Huawei Mate 20 RS (LYA-AL00P)
  • Huawei Mate 20 X 4G (EVR-AL00/EVR-TL00)

HarmonyOS 2.0 beta testing for Huawei Mate 20 X 4G is scheduled very soon.

As we move further with the beta testing, Huawei will send more beta software updates for the testers until the testing reaches a stable rollout stage.

HarmonyOS 2.0 beta features for Huawei Mate 20 series:

So, what the first beta for Huawei Mate 20 series actually brings? Well, it installs a number of new features including the new home screen, control panel, service center, HarmonyOS font, smoother sharing, smart home connection, better security, and more.

Let’s check the changelogs in detail:

HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta 1 changelog for Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 RS, and Mate 20 X 4G:


Swiping up on the app icon generates a service widget, which can be resized dragged to a new location, or added to your custom home screen.

Control Panel:

Swiping down from the upper-right edge of the screen takes you to Control Panel. Device Control access has been added to the shortcut switches panel so that you can control all of your devices with the same ease as navigating on your phone.

Service Center:

If you swipe up from the lower left or lower right corner on the screen, the system will lead to the Service Center. This is the place, where all of your collected service widgets are stored and ready to offer access to your desired services.

Smart Folder:

HarmonyOS adds support for app categorization and management. By pressing down on a standard folder displays a large folder, which offers direct access to desired apps.

HarmoynOS Fonts:

HarmonyOS brings support for step-free font Weight adjustments and adjusts the size of the font itself.

Smart Office:

Under this label, HarmonyOS brings you the capability to transfer files on cross-device platforms without requiring a data cable with the power of Huawei Share, which increases the file transfer speed and provides faster and secure file sharing between Huawei smartphones, computers, and tablets.

Smart Home:

Offers nimble, intelligent operations on household appliances, such as quickly accessing the phone’s network from the devices, controlling screenless devices, installation-free apps, and direct service access, which can be accessed by tapping your phone against the selected household appliance, or bringing your phone into the proximity to the appliance.

Seamless Performance:

All operations, including touches and swipes, are smoother and more natural, with images and videos loading more quickly as well.


App Guard:

The App Guard mode is enabled by default, to ensure that all apps subject deep scans for malicious behavior, security vulnerabilities, privacy risks, and other related behaviors while being installed.

This prevents risky apps from being installed while helping safeguard the secure running environment of the entire system.

Collaborative Security:

Add a mobile – Computer collaborative authentication feature and allows you to unlock your phone by entering the phone’s screen unlock password on your Huawei computer when your phone and computer are connected via multi-screen collaboration.


The TEE OS security kernel has obtained the CC EAL5+ certification, indicating the highest security level for a global commercial operating system kernel. The HarmonyOS operating system has obtained CC EAL4+ security certification, China’s highest security certification.

Most of Deng Li's smartphones are from the Huawei ecosystem and his first Huawei phone was Ascend Mate 2 (4G). As a tech enthusiast, he keeps exploring new technologies and inspects them closely. Apart from the technology world, he takes care of his garden.