[Update: Feb. 23] HarmonyOS 2.0 update tracker: HongMeng OS 2.0 Release date, beta, & other info

This story is being continuously updated…. New updates are being added at the bottom…..

Original story (published on September 24, 2020) follows:

According to data from Statcounter, Huawei has, over the past year, been holding steady at about 10% of the global Mobile Vendor Market Share, trailing behind Korean tech giant Samsung at about 31% and Apple at 25% market share.

This is rather impressive, especially seeing as Huawei’s sales outside of China have been greatly handicapped owing to the ongoing tension between the Chinese tech giant and the U.S.

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One of the biggest bones of contentions has resulted in Huawei devices shipping without Google Play services, a huge hamartia for users outside China.

This has since led to Huawei questioning its over-reliance on US tech giant, Google, and the Android platform. With that, Huawei has been working on its in-house operating system to replace Android as its platform of choice.

HongMeng OS, or Harmony OS, is Huawei’s attempt at building its own platform from scratch. Huawei is a huge company and if anyone is able to pull this off, it might as well be this industry titan. So what is the progress so far? Well, in this tracker, we shall be looking at the key milestones in the development of Harmony OS 2.0.

We already know that Harmony OS 2.0 is coming in 2021 and we’ve since seen reports that it could be coming to even more platforms.

Update 1 (September 10)

Harmony OS Official website is live and you can access it here.

This website allows users and developers to download the open-source code for Hongmeng OS. This can be done using one of the following methods.

1: Download the compressed file from the mirror site (recommended)
2: Component acquisition from the HPM website. Through HPM, find solutions that meet your needs, select/cut components and download them.
3: Use the package manager command line tool to obtain. Use HPM’s hpm-cli command line tool to execute command download.
4: Obtain from the code warehouse. Download from the code repository through repo or git tools.

Update 2 (September 11)

IST: 10:30 am: At Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) 2020 on September 11, it has been announced that Hongmeng OS is already available across more than 20 product categories. Cumulatively, these account for 12 million third-party products.

Further, the company estimates that this number is expected to exceed 100 million by end of 2020. Ambitious, but if this is true, then Hongmeng OS might already have a viable userbase and this could form the foundation for all future HongMeng OS ventures.

For a highlight of other announcements made at HDC 2020, check out this summarised rundown of the same.

IST: 12:30 pm: In an interview following the Huawei Developer Conference held on September 11 in China, Yang Haisong, Vice President of Huawei’s Software Department announced that Hongmeng OS requires as little as 128kB of RAM to operate.

IST: 12:40 pm: In a video that can only be described as a demonstration or proof of concept, a Huawei watch is shown on a circuit-board running what is said to be Hongmeng OS.

What do you think about this? Also, reports have it that this watch could be launched as soon as this year.

IST: 1:50 pm: At HDC 2020, Huawei says that it will incorporate Android 11 features into EMUI 11. Additionally, the company says that it will enable users of EMUI 11 to update to Harmony OS. This, despite Harmony OS being fundamentally different from Android.

“Yes, devices running the new distributed-technology-based EMUI 11 will be eligible for upgrade to HarmonyOS 2.0 in the future,” wrote a Huawei representative to Android Authority.

It remains unclear how this will be achieved. It is also not known whether all EMUI 11 devices will be eligible for this or only a select few.

Update 3 (September 13)

Huawei is set to announce smartphone support for Harmony OS later this year with plans to roll out devices running this new operating system in 2021.

The company, through its cross-device collaboration capability, projects that HarmonyOS 2.0 will be the future of smartphones, owing to its fundamental superiority over Android. Here’s more.

Update 4 (September 16)

New reports indicate that Huawei is bringing in Russian engineers to help fast-track the development of HarmonyOS. This is in line with the company’s plans to release a Harmony OS Beta build for smartphones later this year and an official launch later in 2021.

Update 5 (September 17)

It is being reported that the user interface on HarmonyOS 2.0 for Honor Smart TVs is expected to roll out in December of this year. This is expected to bring a number of features from the mobile division of Harmony OS.

Update 6 (September 18)

It is being reported that the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro will be the first smartwatch to launch equipped with the Hongmeng OS. The device is set to launch in China soon and it will spot wireless charging and luxury design.

Update 7 (September 23)

In a classic no-man-is-an-island move, Huawei has announced that it plans to open up Huawei Mobile Services and HarmonyOS to rival manufacturers.

Will HarmonyOS 2.0 be compelling enough for Android OEMs to switch camps? All we can do is wait and see.

Update 8 (September 26)

05:16 pm (IST): A recent report suggests that Huawei is planning to upgrade its smartphones to Harmony OS fully by next year. Thus, the company would only release Harmony OS powered devices thereafter.

Update 9 (September 28)

05:54 pm (IST): Reportedly, Huawei is set to release the Harmony OS 2.0 for developers by the end of this year, whereas, the public beta should go live in February 2021 for certain devices, most probably the devices from the P40 series.

Update 10 (October 05)

05:01 pm (IST): New details have surfaced suggesting that HarmonyOS will first become available for Huawei phones with the Kirin 9000 5G SoC. Devices powered by the Kirin 990 5G will be part of the second batch.

Devices with the Kirin 990 4G, Kirin 985, Kirin 820 will be part of the third batch. Following which, Kirin 820 and Kirin 980 powered devices will get it. Finally, Kirin 810 and Kirin 710 devices will be part of the last batch.

Update 11 (October 07)

04:39 pm (IST): While the initial list of devices that will support HarmonyOS did not include models with older chipsets, a new report (in Chinese) suggests that there are chances that devices with the Kirin 970 chipset such as the Huawei Mate 10 series and P20 series may also support HarmonyOS.

Update 12 (October 29)

06:15 pm (IST): According to a report (in Chinese), EMUI 11 and HongMeng OS share a lot in common such as the performance, system scheduling, and more. Therefore, it hints that EMUI 11 might be the last Android-based update for Huawei phones.

Update 13 (November 09)

03:53 pm (IST): Huawei is reportedly scheduled to release a beta version of HarmonyOS for some smartphones on December 18 in China. This release will target developers in order to give time time to develop and optimize their apps for the OS.

Update 14 (November 11)

04:35 pm (IST): Midea, the Chinese electrical appliance manufacturer, has released a bunch of new smart home products today that are powered by HarmonyOS. These products range from water heaters, dishwashers, smart stoves, and others as per a new report.

Update 15 (November 17)

06:24 pm (IST): An alleged list of HarmonyOS (Hongmeng OS) supported devices has now appeared on the company’s Chinese community forum. We’ve added the full list of Huawei and Honor devices that will supposedly get the update below:

Huawei devices eligible for HarmonyOS:

– Huawei Mate 40
– Huawei Mate 40 Pro
– Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
– Huawei Mate 40 RSPorsche Design
– Huawei Mate X

– Huawei Mate Xs
– Huawei P40
– Huawei P40 Pro
– Huawei P40 Pro+
– Huawei Mate 30 4G

– Huawei Mate 30 Pro4G
– Huawei Mate 30 5G
– Huawei Mate 30 Pro5G
– Huawei Mate 30 RSPorsche Design
– Huawei Nova 8(Upcoming)

– Huawei Nova 8 Pro(Upcoming)
– Huawei Nova 7 Pro5G
– Huawei Nova 7 5G
– Huawei Nova 7 SE
– Huawei P30

– Huawei P30 Pro
– Huawei Mate 20
– Huawei Mate 20 Pro
– Huawei Mate 20 X 4G
– Huawei Mate 20 X 5G

– Huawei Mate 20 RS
– Huawei Nova 6 5G
– Huawei Nova 6 SE
– Huawei MatePad Pro
– Huawei MatePad Pro 5G

Honor devices eligible for HarmonyOS:

– Honor V40(Upcoming)
– Honor 30 Pro
– Honor 30 Pro+
– Honor V30
– Honor V30 Pro

– Honor Play 4 Pro
– Honor X10 5G
– Honor 30
– Honor 30S
– Honor X10 5G

– Honor 20 Pro
– Honor 20
– Honor 9X
– Honor 9X Pro
– Honor Tablet V6

Wearables eligible for HarmonyOS:

– Huawei Watch GT 2Pro (pre-installed – Chinese version)
– Huawei Watch GT 2e
– Huawei Watch GT 2

Update 16 (November 25)

06:55 pm (IST): According to a new report (in Chinese), the HarmonyOS update will first go live for the Huawei Mate 40 series. However, the company has not yet shared the details about when the update will begin rolling out. (Via)

Update 17 (December 05)

03:50 pm (IST): Huawei has announced that it will be holding the HarmonyOS 2.0 Beta developer conference on December 16. HarmonyOS technical experts/developers will be present at the event and will be interacting with developers face-to-face according to a new report.

Update 18 (December 09)

05:55 pm (IST): Huawei will be launching its first smartwatch with powered by HarmonyOS soon according to a new report. As expected, the watch will be available in China at first.

Update 19 (December 14)

10:50 am (IST): The Chinese tech giant is reportedly set to launch a new tablet powered by HarmonyOS alongside its P50 series phones that are slated to be unveiled next year.

Update 20 (December 15)

10:55 am (IST): Huawei is gearing up to release the HarmonyOS 2.0 developer beta for mobile phones on December 16 in Beijing as per a new report.

Update 21 (December 16)

09:43 am (IST): It seems that HarmonyOS 2.0 has already been shipped to some developers and early leaks indicate that the kernel has been updated to make the OS smoother as per a new report.

06:13 pm (IST): Huawei has released the HarmonyOS 2.0 update beta update for a handful of phones and a tablet. These are the Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, Huawei Mate 30, Huawei Mate 30 Pro, and the Huawei MatePad Pro.

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Further, the company will let users roll back to EMUI 11 in case they wish to opt-out from the HarmonyOS 2.0 beta on their devices. (Via)

Update 22 (December 18)

04:55 pm (IST): Huawei is gearing up to release a new smart screen powered by HarmonyOS on December 21 as per a fresh report (in Chinese). We’ve shared what appears to be the poster for the product launch below.

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Update 23 (December 21)

12:54 pm (IST): As per recent reports, HarmonyOS 2.0 (HongMeng OS 2.0) will incorporate a new user interface. It is, however, unclear how different it will be from the current HarmonyOS interface.

Update 24 (December 26)

05:25 pm (IST): Huawei has released the first HongMeng OS 2.0 (Harmony OS 2.0) developer beta update for the Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei P40 series devices. The update comes as Harmony OS version 2.0.0.33 (SP2DEVC00E2R5P90).

05:35 pm (IST): According to a recent report, Huawei Harmony OS 2.0 might still be based on Android. The info comes from a developer who tested a simple app targeted for an older Android version on the first Harmony OS 2.0 beta. Find out more details here.

Update 25 (January 12, 2021)

10:55 am (IST): In a recent keynote speech, Wang Chenglu, the president of Huawei’s Consumer Business software division put forward that Hongmeng OS is not an alternative system that’s being developed to respond to the US sanctions. They added that Hongmeng OS is not a copy of Android or iOS.

The outside world may have speculation whether Huawei developed the Hongmeng system because of the US sanctions. I tell everyone that this is not the case.

The company in fact aims to use the Hongmeng OS to solve the IoT hardware equipment problems, and aims to equip 300-400 million units with the OS during this year.

Update 26 (January 23, 2021)

09:40 am (IST): Huawei is reportedly seeding the HarmonyOS 2.0 beta to the Huawei P30 and Mate 30 Pro 5G in China. New developments also indicate that it isn’t based on Android, as it was suspected earlier.

Update 27 (February 06, 2021)

06:40 pm (IST): In yet another twist, Ron Amadeo, from Ars Technica has confirmed that there’s not much of a difference between HarmonyOS and Android after all. As per details shared in the article, HarmonyOS is basically “Android 10 with no discernible changes.”

While there’s nothing wrong with this, it’s clearly not in line with Huawei’s marketing of HarmonyOS claiming that it’s an all new OS.

Update 28 (February 08, 2021)

10:05 am (IST): Huawei has released the DevEco Device Tool 2.0 Beta 1 that brings a bunch of new features including support for Ubuntu. The tool is essential for developers looking to create apps for HarmonyOS 2.0.

Here’s a list of all the new improvements and features that come with the DevEco Device Tool 2.0 Beta 1:

New features

– The new Ubuntu system version supports functions such as project creation, source code pull, one-click compilation, burning, and debugging, providing a one-stop development experience.

– Added support for the programming function of tripartite development boards, including XNP, Realtek and Xradio series development boards.

– With the addition of HDF function, developers can manage and add device drivers through the HDF function of DevEcoDevice Tool, and generate information such as driver directory structure, driver templates, codes, and header files with one click.

– Added HPM function, integrated HPM instruction set, developers can directly obtain the components of related solutions through DevEcoDevice Tool.

Enhanced features:

– Optimize the development environment preparation process, no need to manually install and set up JDK, Jlink, OpenOCD and other tools and npm components, reducing the complexity of environment construction.

– Adapt to each development board, provide a default configuration scheme, and complete one-click compilation and burning without modification.

– Provides a one-key erase function for the entire device, and can also erase the specified partition.
(Source)

Update 29 (February 10, 2021)

10:09 am (IST): Huawei may kick-start the HarmonyOS mobile beta testing from this month itself according to a tipster — Changan Digital King — on Weibo. The initial testing will involve a limited number of users and will be expanded in March.

After this closed beta testing ends, the company will open up the testing to a wider audience. However, the OEM has still not divulged any specific details on the availability of HarmonyOS for the general public. (Via)

Update 30 (February 11, 2021)

10:17 am (IST): Huawei has released the DevEco Studio 2.0 beta 2 that brings a few new features and improvements as per a new report.

Here’s the brief changelog for the update:

– Mac version complete Java UI preview
– Added 5 mobile phone project templates
– Visualization of debugging variables for JS and C/C++
– Provide application security testing services
– Provide application automation testing services
– Enhance editor capabilities

Update 31 (February 19, 2021)

10:05 am (IST): The EMUI 11.1 skin will apparently be based on HarmonyOS and will begin rolling out to the Huawei Mate 40 series, P40 series, Nova 8 series, and Nova 7 series in March.

However, there will be no major developments with EMUI as it will be replaced with HarmonyOS branding in the near future. We’ve shared a translated screenshot of the information coming from Weibo.

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Update 32 (February 23, 2021)

11:05 am (IST): Huawei has officially announced that it will release its HarmonyOS update for eligible devices starting from April. The Mate X2 will be part of the first batch of devices to get the company’s new in-house OS.

We have these and many more Huawei stories in our dedicated Huawei section.

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