Huawei’s president of the Consumer Business Group hosted TEDx’s introductory speech in Shenzhen, China, revealing future plans for the company’s division of mobile and IoT devices. Dr. Wang Chenglu has confirmed that “many devices” will be able to switch to Harmony OS 2.0 by June 2021.
The director expects that 300 million smartphones, tablets and other IoT devices will have Harmony OS by the end of the calendar year.
Following the announcement, the advisor shared on Huawei’s fan forum that the flagship P50 series will be postponed to June so it can become a Harmony pioneer. Leading models will appear along with the MatePad Pro 2 tablet, which will also run the new OS out of the box.
Earlier reports suggested that Huawei and Honor devices running EMUI 11 and Magic UI 4 could switch to Harmony OS 2.0. However, some Chinese sources claim that it will only be for devices powered by Kirin, which means that phones with Snapdragon or Mediatek chipsets will not be acceptable.
Dr. Wang Chenglu, President of Huawei Consumer Business Group
The Honor 9X unit testing Huawei’s own OS is already on Beta 3.0, meaning the Chinese manufacturer is making progress in developing its internal ecosystem. The software package is also available for the P40, Mate 30 and MatePad Pro, but for now only for Chinese units.
Once Huawei is ready for deployment at home, we can finally hope that one day HarmonyOS 2.0 will become global.
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