Huawei has scheduled an event to release the first beta version of Harmony OS for smartphones. We will remind, earlier it was confirmed that the first beta of its own software will be available for the Mate 40, and Huawei’s representatives will tell more about it directly to the developers on December 16.
In particular, they will learn about the design philosophy of Harmony OS 2.0, get complete information about the application structure for the new system and the tools of DevEco Studio 2.0, and also get the opportunity to chat with the developers of the system and technical experts from Huawei. Then the release of the corresponding firmware will take place. It’s unclear if Harmony OS will get an international version, with some rumors suggesting the P50 will arrive next March with Android 11.
Harmony OS 2.0 Hardware Requirements Announced
A few weeks ago, Huawei held the 2020 Developer Conference and released Harmony OS 2.0. After the meeting, Wang Chenglu, President of Huawei’s Software Department, and Yang Haisong, Vice President of Huawei’s Software Department, gave an interview.
Speaking of the Harmony OS 2.0 plan; Yang Haisong said that the Beta version for the smartphones will be available to the developers in December this year.
‘Just as Wang Bo announced today, our code warehouse on the official website and Code Cloud has been completely open to the public. You can already see all the open-source codes and related materials of our Harmony OS on the Internet. In the future Category loading refers to the categories covered by equipment loading. This will be our very important focus in the future.’
Yang Haisong revealed that in a year, Huawei’s own equipment running on the Harmony OS will exceed 100 million.
Wang Chenglu said that installing the Harmony OS system does not need to be tailored. You only need to have the corresponding hardware parameters and you can install it.
Regarding the hardware requirements, Wang Chenglu said that installing Harmony OS requires as little as 128KB of RAM.
Huawei and Honor will occupy 4% and 2% of the smartphone market next year
A new forecast by research firm TrendForce says that independent company Honor, which no longer has anything to do with Huawei, will only be able to occupy 2% of the global smartphone market next year.
Of course, the sale of Honor will hit Huawei very hard, which is barely afloat under the pressure of US sanctions and their aftermath. If this year analysts give the company only 14% of the global smartphone market; then next year, according to the forecast, the company’s share will drop to 4%. With such results, the company will have to fight for a place in the top ten leaders; since they will definitely not be able to get into the top five.
US sanctions imposed on Huawei are limiting the company’s ability to procure required components; affecting Huawei’s ability to manufacture and market new smartphones. The sanctions were the main reason behind Huawei’s decision to sell its Honor brand.
Another Chinese company Xiaomi, according to the forecast, will significantly strengthen its position next year. TrendForce analysts make a modest forecast for Xiaomi’s share to increase from 12% to 14%. However, Xiaomi itself is much more optimistic and intends to sell from 240 to 300 million smartphones. The company wants to get ahead of Apple and possibly compete for the top spot with Samsung.