Huawei may release HarmonyOS in 2020, but only to developers

lHuawei has a plan for its "AI Life" strategy. (Source: Huawei)
lHuawei has a plan for its "AI Life" strategy. (Source: Huawei)
The latest word on HarmonyOS, Huawei's alternative to Google's AOSP-based Android, was that it would not be available until 2021 at the earliest. Now, a new report claims that the OEM will release the software to developers as early as December 2020 so as to make this happen. The company may also take this opportunity to integrate smartphones into the rest of its device ecosystem.

Huawei reportedly now plans to send HarmonyOS - possibly in the form of smartphones with the Android-replacing software loaded on them - to developers, on a schedule that might kick off as early as December 2020. This may help the OEM to launch new mobile devices based on the new system by 2021.

ITHome also now asserts that these phones may include successors to the current P30 series of flagships. They should be unveiled in the first quarter of next year as usual. Devices such as these will run the world's new mobile OS as their OEM can now no longer use Android.

This will undoubtedly pose significant challenges for Huawei. However, there are some potential upsides for the company. For example, using its own software on smartphones may allow for a more complete, streamlined integration of these devices with the rest of its "1+8+N" product classes, IoT and smart home systems included, as Apple does.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-09-26 (Update: 2020-09-26)
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