Hongmeng OS 2.0 is official: mobile version to arrive in December

Huawei: HongMeng OS

Today, the 2020 Huawei Developer Conference was held in Songshan Lake, Dongguan. At this conference, the company officially released the Hongmeng OS 2.0 system. According to Wang Chenglu, president of Huawei’s consumer business software department, this system will open up new areas for Hongmeng. In addition to the Huawei Smart Screen which already uses the Hongmeng system, other devices like tablets and watches will use this system.

Hongmeng OS 2.0 system

According to Huawei, the Hongmeng OS 2.0 system is the first distributed operating system that is truly built for the full-scenario era. It enables voice interaction through cross-device collaboration, large and small screen interaction, fast network distribution, adaptive UX, and visual/utterable AI. It adds wings to the imagination and becomes a powerful engine for ecological construction.

Furthermore, Huawei consumer business CEO, Yu Chengdong, said that it will launch the Hongmeng OS 2.0 Beta version for large screens, watches, and cars. However, the Hongmeng OS 2.0 mobile version will officially arrive in December. Huawei smartphones will fully support the Hongmeng OS system version 2.0 in 2021.

Hongmeng OS 2.0 system

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In addition, HarmonyOS will be officially open source, and developers will get emulators, SDK packages, and IDE tools. At the end of 2020, the beta version of HarmonyOS for smartphones will available to Chinese developers first.

In his speech, Yu Chengdong said Huawei donated the code to China’s Open Source Foundation and announced the HarmonyOS open source roadmap: “From September 10, HarmonyOS will be open source for 128KB-128MB terminal devices such as large screens, watches, and automobiles, and in April 2021, it will be open source for 128MB-4GB of memory. The end devices are open source and will be open source for all devices over 4GB after October 2021”.


Huawei is currently fighting a very intense battle, especially with the American government. It is facing multiple bans that are affecting its business. Since the beginning of last year, all Huawei new phones do not come with Google Mobile Service. This means that no PlayStore, no Gmail, and many other apps. In addition, it can no longer rely on TSMC to manufacturer its HiSilicon Kirin chips. This is as a result of the extended ban which the U.S. government imposed.

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According to Yu Chengdong, Huawei will release the Huawei Mate 40 series with Kirin chips in September this year. However, this may be the last phone that will use Kirin’s flagship processor. TSMC can not work on Huawei Kirin chips after September 15. This means that no new Kirin flagship can hit the market. According to Yu Chengond, the Mate 40 series will exhaust all the flagship Kirin chips. This is a very big loss for Huawei.

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