Presently, Huawei still releases smartphones with Android. However, these devices do not come with Google Mobile Services (GMS) which means that it will not have some features. Sometime last year, Huawei launched its own operating system – Hongmeng OS or Harmony OS. As of now, this system has only been used for Huawei smart screens and other products. There are rumors that a wider range of Huawei devices will use this system this year. However, it is not quite ready for smartphones.
In a recent interview, Huawei’s Consumer Business CEO, Yu Chengdong, was asked the timing of the use of HarmonyOS on mobile phones. According to him, this will not happen this year, however, next year is a possibility. This means that if we will ever see HarmonyOS on a smartphone, it will be next year at the earliest.
At the 2019 Huawei Developer Conference, Yu Chengdong officially released its own operating system Hongmeng. The English name for this system is HarmonyOS. Hongmeng 2.0 will officially arrive at Huawei Developer Conference which will hold in September this year. This year’s version 2.0 will open up product terminals such as PCs, watches, and cars.
In addition, at the 2020 Summit of the China Information Technology Association on August 7, Yu Chengdong revealed that this year Huawei’s smartwatch products will also be equipped with Hongmeng OS. In the future, all of Huawei’s IoT products, including PCs, tablets, and even mobile phones can possibly use the Hongmeng system.
What changes will the Hongmeng 2.0 OS bring?
As of now, there is no information on the changes that the Hongmeng 2.0 will bring. However, this system has been around for about a year. Thus, it will likely arrive with a wider range of features and support more devices. In addition to smart screens, we expect this system on Huawei smartwatches. According to a Huawei official, in the future, all Huawei IoT devices will use HongmengOS. This includes PCs, tablets, and even mobile phones.
Wang Chenglu, president of Huawei’s consumer business software department, also recently revealed that Huawei has a set of software that can be flexibly deployed across multiple IoT modules. Huawei’s goal is to enable Hongmeng to support multiple devices.
It is worth mentioning that at this developer conference, Huawei will also announce EMUI 11. This system is based on the open-source version of Android 11. It will arrive on the Mate 40 Pro for the first time. Nevertheless, there are reports that the Mate 40 standard version will use EMUI 10.x out-of-the-box.