[Update: Sep 09] 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.

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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.
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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.

Update 33 (February 27, 2021)

12:22 pm (IST): Huawei has begun rolling out the HarmonyOS 2.0 update for the Smart Screen X65. The new firmware brings support for China Ultra HD Video Industry Alliance (CUVA) HDR Vivid dynamic display as per a new report.

Update 34 (March 03, 2021)

11:45 am (IST): In a recent interview, Wang Chenglu, President of Huawei’s consumer business software department, claimed that some people in the tech space have insufficient understanding of open-source software when questioned about whether or not HarmonyOS is a copy of Android.

By projecting the source code of AOSP (Android Open Source Project) as the base of Hongmeng OS and judging that Huawei has only changed the skin of Android, reveals that people have less understanding of open source software.

Google does not develop all code for Android from scratch since Android is open source. Therefore, Huawei is also leveraging the same code with HongemengOS and will create an ecosystem of devices that work seamlessly together, as per a fresh report.

Update 35 (March 04, 2021)

09:45 am (IST): It appears that Huawei has started fixing major vulnerability according to CVE records. The company has already fixed the following vulnerability:

A component API of the HarmonyOS 2.0 has a permission bypass vulnerability. Local attackers may exploit this vulnerability to issue commands repeatedly, exhausting system service resources. (Source)

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Update 36 (March 05, 2021)

10:08 am (IST): Huawei’s consumer business software department president, Wang Chenglu, revealed that the company will not allow “harmful” applications such as short video apps and games in Hongmeng OS as per a fresh report.

I think there are some applications in China whose disadvantages are far greater than the contributions they bring, such as short video applications and games. In the Hongmeng ecosystem, I would never do this. Also, My team will never enter the game field

Update 37 (March 09, 2021)

12:15 pm (IST): Huawei has released the second developer preview of the HarmonyOS with build version 2.0.0.39. This also hints at an imminent release of beta testing for the general public. Here’ the changelog.

Added 622 HarmonyOS APIs
Added Huawei sharing and face-to-face sharing of HarmonyOS FA privacy
Added MeeTime Sharing HarmonyOS FA
Added support for WebView capabilities, support for basic functions such as page loading, page navigation, and page information acquisition.

Update 38 (March 11, 2021)

07:35 pm (IST): Huawei has kick-started registrations for its third HarmonyOS 2.0 mobile phone developer beta event that will be held on March 25 at Guangzhou in China.

Update 39 (March 12, 2021)

06:17 pm (IST): Huawei will apparently release the HarmonyOS update for the Honor 9X as per a tipster on Weibo. The device was released in 2019 with EMUI 9.1 pre-installed and the global models have not yet bagged the EMUI 10.1 update yet, which makes this news even more surprising. (Via)

Update 40 (March 13, 2021)

03:45 pm (IST): A tipster on Weibo — DigitalJun — has revealed that some Huawei phones will get the HarmonyOS update directly without getting EMUI 11 or Magic UI 4.

The tipster has also stated, once again, that the company will no longer focus on the development of EMUI and will instead push for getting HarmonyOS on most phones. (Via)

Update 41 (March 16, 2021)

04:00 pm (IST): DigitalJun — a popular tipster on Weibo — has now claimed that since Huawei is ramping up the development for HarmonyOS, it might be the reason why the company hasn’t yet released EMUI 11 to some phones. (Via)

06:40 pm (IST): A fresh report suggests that Huawei might be planning to release HarmonyOS to devices with processors such as the Kirin 810, Kirin 820, Kirin 820E, Kirin 980, Kirin 990, Kirin 985, and Kirin 9000.

So any device with a processor above the Kirin 710 could be eligible for the update to HarmonyOS.

Update 42 (March 22, 2021)

06:15 pm (IST): A fresh leak on Weibo suggests that HarmonyOS would be replacing EMUI 11 on a few Huawei devices starting from April. The first batch of devices to get the update will be these:

– Huawei Mate X2
– Huawei Mate 40
– Huawei Mate 40 Pro
– Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
– Huawei P40
– Huawei P40 Pro
– Huawei P40 Pro+

According to the leak, the update will be released based on the chipset. Thus, flagship models will get the update followed by mid-rangers and then low-end devices. (Via)

Update 43 (March 25, 2021)

12:41 pm (IST): It has been tipped that Huawei could finally release the HarmonyOS for its smartphone at the upcoming HDC event in China scheduled on April 24.

The OS is still in beta form and the release timeline isn’t certain but if this comes out to be true, Huawei will have its own operating system for its smartphones.

Update 44 (March 26, 2021)

10:36 pm (IST): Huawei has announced the third developer beta update of HarmonyOS 2.0 which will start rolling out on March 31. This comes ahead of the stable release later next month.

Update 45 (April 01, 2021)

02:58 pm (IST): As announced earlier, Huawei has begun rolling out the third beta of the HarmonyOS 2.0 to all the registered users. All eyes on the stable release later this month.

Update 46 (April 02, 2021)

03:35 pm (IST): Huawei’s own operating system was initially restricted to limited platforms but is now quickly adapting to smartphones as well.

A list of supported smartphones has reportedly circulated.

– Huawei Mate 40
– Huawei Mate 40 Pro
– Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
– Huawei Mate 40 RS Porsche Design
– Huawei Mate 40E

– Huawei Mate X2
– Huawei P40
– Huawei P40 Pro
– Huawei P40 Pro+
– Huawei Mate 30 4G

– Huawei Mate 30 Pro 4G
– Huawei Mate 30 5G
– Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G
– Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Design

Update 47 (April 05, 2021)

01:45 pm (IST): It’s not just a mere shift from one OS to another but brings a ton of new features along the way.

Features like super terminal, content sharing, a dock UI, and a lot more have been spotted on the third beta build of the Harmony OS 2.0 ahead of its stable release later this month.

Update 48 (April 06, 2021)

06:41 pm (IST): Some Joyoung products have adopted the HarmonyOS system from Huawei as per a fresh report.

It also highlights that Huawei’s Consumer Business Software Department Chief, Wang Chenglu, believes that HarmonyOS would be installed on hundreds of millions of devices in a single year.

Update 49 (April 07, 2021)

06:30 pm (IST): The Honor 9X has been caught the latest developer beta of HarmonyOS — version 2.0.0.46. A tipster on Weibo who goes by the name Changan Digital King shared a screenshot of it.

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Another report also highlights the possibility that the Huawei Watch 3 will come with HarmonyOS pre-installed.

Update 50 (April 08, 2021)

11:58 am (IST): Huawei’s representative in a conference today has stated that mulitple Huawei smartphones will get upgraded to HarmonyOS 2.0 before June.

He goes on to add that at least 300 million units will be running HarmonyOS 2.0 before the year ends and will subsequently expand with time.

01:37 pm (IST): Huawei is going to have a busy year ahead as after unveiling its plans for existing devices, the company now aims to launch new devices running HarmonyOS 2.0.

The launches of Huawei P50 and MatePad Pro 2 may get altered from its initial launch dates as Huawei is determined to equip them with stable HarmonyOS 2.0.

Update 51 (April 09, 2021)

12:30 pm (IST): Huawei not only aims to shift dependence from Android to HarmonyOS 2.0 but is now also aiming to build a complete ecosystem of smart homes based on it.

Update 52 (April 13, 2021)

10:44 am (IST): Multiple Huawei devices have been spotted having a changed kernel that hints that these devices will soon be transitioned to HarmonyOS 2.0.

And now that Huawei is about to make the big shift, even the mobile assistant has to be made compatible with the big upgrade, and that’s what has happened recently.

Update 53 (April 14, 2021)

10:54 am (IST): Well, it’s not just the Huawei devices that will feature the HarmonyOS 2.0. A recent report suggests that Tissot will adopt HarmonyOS for its Unbounded smartwatches.

Update 54 (April 15, 2021)

04:43 pm (IST): Today, Huawei made an official announcement and confirmed that the HarmonyOS Developer Day event is to be held on April 17 in Shanghai, China. The one-day event will feed us the latest insights into the development of HarmonyOS. Details here.

04:46 pm (IST): Huawei P50, MatePad Pro 2, FreeBuds 4, HarmonyOS mobile, and more products are coming this May. More details have been given here.

05:18 pm (IST): HarmonyOS Beta 3 recently went live for the Mate 30 Pro 5G and brought about a bunch of changes with some of them being performance improvements, new animations, memory management optimization, and more.

Update 55 (April 19, 2021)

02:40 pm (IST): Well, lifestyle products, gadgets, and smartphones are not the only thing HarmonyOS 2.0 would be incorporated in.

Huawei has bigger plans with the HarmonyOS 2.0 as a whole ARCFOX Alpha S series Smart Car has been launched based on Huawei’s operating system.

Update 56 (April 20, 2021)

10:09 am (IST): Fresh reports suggest that around 50 devices are in the pipeline to receive the HarmonyOS 2.0 upgrade later this month.

Update 57 (April 22, 2021)

12:18 pm (IST): Stage is all set to witness the launch of HarmonyOS 2.0 for smartphones. Huawei will also unveil how some of its features will shape the new operating system.

Update 58 (April 23, 2021)

12:11 pm (IST): Huawei has begun recruiting a bunch of Huawei devices for the HarmonyOS 2.0. The list has these devices.

Huawei Mate X2, Mate40, Mate40E, Mate 40 Pro, Mate 40 Pro+, Mate 40 RS Porsche Design, Huawei Smart Screen S, Huawei Smart Screen S Pro, P40, P40 Pro, P40 Pro+, Mate 30 4G, Mate 30 Pro 4G, Mate 30 5G, Mate 30 Pro 5G, Mate 30 RS Porsche Design, Mate 30E Pro 5G, MatePad Pro, and MatePad Pro 5G.

Update 59 (April 26, 2021)

01:17 pm (IST): Huawei Mate 40 Pro has been spotted running Harmony OS 2.0 which makes it the first device to run on the new operating system by Huawei.

Update 60 (April 27, 2021)

03:03 pm (IST): As the official launch of HarmonyOS 2.0 comes closer, Huawei can be seen testing various apps for its new operating system. Check them out here.

Also, Huawei Router H6 that runs on HarmonyOS is now up for grabs in sales in China.

Update 61 (April 28, 2021)

02:43 pm (IST): Another beta update of HarmonyOS 2.0 has gone live for the signed-up users, changelog of which is unknown at this moment.

The Public Beta program of HarmonyOS 2.0 will go live in June and will have a big list of Huawei devices under its umbrella.

Update 62 (April 29, 2021)

03:11 pm (IST): Older Honor devices will get HarmonyOS 2.0 support, much like the Huawei devices, confirms a report.

Huawei Freebuds 4 and Watch 3 are expected to launch sometime in May and will be based on the new operating system of Huawei.

Also, there comes a revamped quick settings menu with the update of HarmonyOS 2.0, check it out here.

Update 63 (April 30, 2021)

12:50 pm (IST): Just to let you know that HarmonyOS is neither Android’s replacement nor a copy of iOS. What we see today is the result of 5 years of consistent development from Huawei.

Update 64 (May 01, 2021)

02:43 pm (IST): HarmonyOS 2.0 third beta update brings three apps that brings variety of capabilities with Youku, Sina News, and CCTV apps. Find more here.

06:01 pm (IST): With an aim to provide a better environment for HarmonyOS development Huawei has released HarmonyOS DevEco Studio 2.1 Beta 4 along with HarmonyOS SDK 2.1.1.20. Read more about it here.

Update 65 (May 03, 2021)

06:29 pm (IST): It appears that Huawei is all set to release the HarmonyOS 2.0 to more smartphones via the closed beta program.

The new operating system is so highly optimized that it does not drain much battery while gaming. The gives HarmonyOS 2.0 an edge over other operating systems.

Update 65 (May 03, 2021)

06:29 pm (IST): Huawei software reveals that smartphones will receive the HarmonyOS 2.0 in June. In the meantime, the company is already rolling out the new OS to smart screen V and S series.

To see what all has been changed in the latest HarmonyOS 2.0 update for smartphones, head here to find a video of it.

Update 66 (May 05, 2021)

11:46 pm (IST): Amidst the growing developments of HarmonyOS 2.0, the company has now created an official Weibo page that will reflect all the information related to the new OS.

New Huawei Vision Smart TVs are also making a debut in the international markets with HarmonyOS 2.0.

But what’s more important is that it has been tipped that the Google Play Store app and Google Mobile services can still be used on HarmonyOS 2.0 latest developer build.

Update 67 (May 06, 2021)

11:46 am (IST): HarmonyOS 2.0 has finally dropped the Android logo during the boot up. Here’s also a comparison video of app opening speeds between EMUI 11 and HarmonyOS 2.0 beta 3.

Update 68 (May 07, 2021)

10:52 am (IST): Amidst the U.S. sanctions, Huawei, in June, will emerge as the third major operating system distributer in the world.

The brand is gearing up for the launch of Huawei MatePad Pro 2 which will be the first HarmonyOS 2.0 powered tablet to launch in the global markets.

In the meantime, the older Mate Pad Pro is already running the HarmonyOS 2.0 beta update, find a video here.

Update 69 (May 08, 2021)

12:17 pm (IST): HarmonyOS 2.0 has indeed turned out to be a delight as comparisons show (1, 2, 3) it occupies lesser RAM and ROM, escalating higher efficiency and low power consumption.

There are also some features from iOS 14 that have been adopted on the new OS. The brand is also looking to expand HarmonyOS 2.0 to support Qualcomm and MediaTek processors.

Not only this, but Huawei has also applied for the “HaromonyOS Connect” trademark.

04:43 pm (IST): A tipster has confirmed that HarmonyOS 2.0 update will be released for Honor 20, 30, V20, V30 devices. Devices running on Kirin 810 and 820 are still under evaluation.

Update 70 (May 10, 2021)

02:48 pm (IST): Huawei will roll out HarmonyOS 2.0 beta for these devices in the second phase.

– Huawei Nova 6
– Huawei Nova 6 5G
– Huawei Nova 7 5G
– Huawei Nova 7 Pro 5G
– Huawei Nova 8
– Huawei Nova 8 Pro
– Huawei MatePad 10.8

Huawei Watch also gets the HarmonyOS edition of the Autonavi Map app whose size is quite small with only a 0.3 MB package. This is one big plus of being on HarmonyOS 2.0, apps sizes are significantly smaller.

Update 71 (May 11, 2021)

11:53 am (IST): A video shows how good new app downloading status animations look on the HarmonyOS 2.0 powered devices.

Another one shows Huawei Mate 40 Pro running all Google apps despite being on HarmonyOS 2.0. There’s also an image circulating that shows a Xiaomi device running HarmonyOS 2.0 while booting up.

Update 72 (May 12, 2021)

04:01 pm (IST): It is being reported that HarmonyOS 2.0 still supports Android apps with distrubuted capabilities.

An ecosystem between smartphones, tablets, PCs, and smart equipment has become very powerful and smooth with HarmonyOS 2.0.

Huawei is gearing up for the HarmonyOS System Ecological Partner Summit – HarmonyOS Connect in China on May 18. Huawei Watch 3 based on HarmonyOS 2.0 also gets WiFi certification that suggests imminent launch.

Update 73 (May 13, 2021)

03:25 pm (IST): Huawei’s trademark “Hongmeng” has been rejected following a confusing episode of same keywords.

Even after it gets rejected again when the company can re-file for it, it won’t harm the brand’s marketing as Huawei has focused more on “Harmony” than the one in question. More details here.

Update 74 (May 14, 2021)

11:30 am (IST): HarmonyOS 2.0 page on Weibo goes live with 100k+ followers without even making a single post, shows how popular this OS has become.

HarmonyOS 2.0 codes suggest they might soon make space for Huawei Mate Pad Pro 2. There is also a list of HarmaonyOS stock apps available for download.

Update 75 (May 15, 2021)

03:49 pm (IST): HarmonyOS 2.0 is set to occupy more than 16% of the market share this year.

With the release for the general public planned next month, more and more apps keep coming. Here is a new app that has been released along with the HarmonyOS version of the Jingdong shopping app.

While all this is happening, some games won’t detect HarmonyOS 2.0 powered phones and tags them as PC emulators instead.

Update 76 (May 17, 2021)

02:00 pm (IST): Well, not just Huawei’s own devices but the brand is also looking to expand HarmonyOS 2.0 presence on third-party phones as well.

The new operating system also brings a new control center, watch its video here. There are also new boot audio, ringtones, notification sounds from HarmonyOS 2.0, all of which can be download from here.

Update 77 (May 18, 2021)

11:25 am (IST): Huawei has revealed OpenHarmony project that will bring more options in APIs for apps enabling maximum native app compatibility. All of this has no mention of any code from Android.

04:15 pm (IST): Huawei is ready to let third-party OEMs to use HarmonyOS 2.0. The mass scale release of this operating system to Huawei devices is set to begin in June.

Huawei says HarmonyOS 2.0 is only 1% and there’s a lot that can be done by other players in the industry. In short, this seems like a base for something big to come in the future.

The company has also merged Huawei HiLink and Power by HarmonyOS to call them HarmonyOS Connect from now. Huawei will be launching HarmonyOS Connect Zone for all malls soon.

06:56 pm (IST): So far, over 300000 Huawei devices have already received the HarmonyOS 2.0 update. More to follow in the coming days.

Update 78 (May 19, 2021)

11:04 am (IST): After having HarmonyOS 2.0 installed with EMUI 11 on top of devices, here’s how the camera app performed.

06:04 am (IST): Huawei has released Huawei Router H6 for long range transmission of signals based on HarmonyOS 2.0. Find more details here.

Update 79 (May 20, 2021)

03:04 pm (IST): HarmonyOS 2.0 is all set to launch on June 2 alongside Huawei MatePad Pro 2 and Huawei Watch 3. Find details here. In the meantime, Huawei Mate 40 Pro is receiving a new HarmonyOS 2.0 developer beta update.

Update 80 (May 21, 2021)

09:37 am (IST): We have got our hands on a video showing Huawei Nova 6 and Nova 8 running on HarmonyOS 2.0 developer beta. Check it out here.

01:50 pm (IST): Junst in, Antutu Benchmarks have added the support for HarmonyOS 2.0 in their platform. We will see HarmonyOS 2.0 benchmarks coming in very soon.

Update 81 (May 22, 2021)

12:09 pm (IST): Changan automobiles has confirmed that they will launching more EVs later this year and the cockpit will be powered by HarmonyOS 2.0. Find more details here.

Update 82 (May 24, 2021)

01:12 pm (IST): HarmonyOS 2.0 is going to launch on June 2, 2021. In the meantime, developer beta with new home screen, quick settings, and optimizations is out.

Update 83 (May 25, 2021)

11:33 am (IST): Huawei has renamed WeChat channel of EMUI to HarmonyOS. Here’s the official boot animation video of HarmonyOS 2.0.

03:55 pm (IST): The upcoming HarmonyOS 2.0 and product launch will be global, Official teaser is out, check it out here.

Update 84 (May 26, 2021)

10:07 am (IST): HarmonyOS can also be called HM OS, check out the new logo here. Results of HarmonyOS Developer Innovation Competition are also out.

11:49 am (IST): A new report (in Chinese) indicates that Huawei has kick-started the HarmonyOS 2.0 pubic beta for the Mate 40 and P40 models in China.

17:40 pm (IST): The list of devices for which the HarmonyOS Closed Beta, Public Beta, and Stable rollout is ongoing is now out as per a report.

Early adopters of Closed Beta version:

– Huawei Mate Xs
– Huawei Mate 20 series
– Huawei Nova 8 series
– Huawei Nova 7 series
– Huawei Nova 6 series
– Huawei MatePad
– Huawei MatePad 10.8
– Huawei MatePad 5G

Early adopters of the Public beta:

– Huawei Mate 40 series
– Huawei Mate X2
– Huawei P40 series
– Huawei Mate 30 series
– Huawei MatePad Pro
– Huawei MatePad Pro 5G

Early adopters of the Stable version:

– Huawei Mate 40 series
– Huawei Mate X2
– Huawei P40 series
– Huawei Mate 30 series
– Huawei MatePad Pro
– Huawei MatePad Pro 5G

Apart from that, a report confirms that Weibo — the popular microblogging site for China — has now started recognizing phones running on HarmonyOS on its platform.

Update 85 (May 27, 2021)

05:20 pm (IST): A recent development suggests the possibility that OnePlus may use HarmonyOS on its devices in the near future. The company’s CEO — Pete Lau — has reposted a HarmonyOS post on Weibo for the first time. Hence suggesting that something might be brewing.

Update 86 (May 28, 2021)

02:20 pm (IST): Huawei is yet to confirm HarmonyOS 2.0 update for Maimang 9, Enjoy 20 Pro, 20 Plus, 10 Plus, and Z 5G. Also, Meizo watch is teased to launch with HarmonyOS 2.0.

02:20 pm (IST): A credible tipster has shared a list of Huawei and Honor phones, tablets, and smartwatches that will allegedly get the HarmonyOS 2.0 update. Check it out below:

– Huawei P40 Series
– Huawei P30 Series
– Huawei Mate 40 Series
– Huawei Mate X
– Huawei Mate Xs

– Huawei Mate X2
– Huawei Mate 30 Series
– Huawei Nova 8 Series
– Huawei Nova 7 Series
– Huawei Nova 6 Series

– Huawei Nova 5 Series
– Huawei MatePad Series
– Huawei MatePad Pro Series
– Huawei MediaPad M6 Series
– Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro

– Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro ECG Version
– Huawei Watch GT 2
– Huawei Watch GT 2e
– Honor 30 Series
– Honor V30 Series

– Honor Play 4T Pro
– Honor X10 5G
– Honor 20 Series
– Honor 9X Series
– Honor Tablet V6 Series

Update 87 (June 03, 2021)

02:52 pm (IST): Huawei is aiming to upgrade over a 100 Huawei smartphones to the latest HarmonyOS 2.0. Find more details here. 18 of these Huawei smartphones are already receiving the stable HarmonyOS 2.0 update.

Update 88 (June 05, 2021)

05:37 pm (IST): Huawei has reportedly begun rolling out the stable HarmonyOS 2.0 update to the Huawei Mate 40, P40, Mate 30, and MatePad Pro series units in batches as version 2.0.0.116.

Update 89 (June 07, 2021)

03:55 pm (IST): Huawei brings iPadOS resemblance to Huawei Matepad Pro with the introduction of HarmonyOS 2.0. Huawei P30 series is slated to receive the beta of the new OS sometime in mid-June.

Openatom foundation, discarding the rumors, cleared the air that HarmonyOS 2.0 open source program doesn’t belong to any other organization. More on that here.

Update 90 (July 23, 2021)

9:30 am (IST): Huawei is adding some Honor devices to the list of devices eligible for HarmonyOS 2 public beta. These devices include the Honor V30, V30 Pro, Honor 30, 30 Pro, and the 30 Pro+.

Also, devices with model numbers KRJ-W09 and KRJ-AN00A corresponding to the Honor Play 4 Pro and the Honor V6 tablet will also be eligible for the public beta.

At this pace, HarmonyOS will soon reach its 100 million device milestone.

Update 91 (July 26, 2021)

1:55 pm (IST): With the launch of the Huawei P50 series on July 29, the Chinese manufacturer has decided to bring in some new features to its flagship lineup.

The P50 lineup consists of the Huawei P50, P50 Pro, and the P50 Pro Plus.

Huawei said they plan to bring some new software features to the phone that are not available on the current version of HarmonyOS 2. However, the company hasn’t shed any light on what these features might be.

Update 92 (August 3, 2021)

9:30 am (IST): New reports indicate that the Huawei Maimang 9 along with the Enjoy Z all smartphone users in China are beginning to get upgrades to Huawei’s own HarmonyOS 2.0 operating system. After installation, these device users can experience the new features offered by HarmonyOS 2. More on that here.

Update 93 (August 5, 2021)

11:12 am (IST): Huawei now says that the Harmony OS 2 update is available for over 65 Huawei and Honor devices as outlined in the following banner.

harmony os 2 devices updated so far

Update 94 (August 7, 2021)

03:15 pm (IST): The latest devices to get Harmony OS 2 treatment include the Huawei P20, Mate 10 and the Nova 4. These devices are getting the closed beta no-log version.

Here are the model numbers that will be getting the Harmony OS 2 closed beta.

Huawei P20 series:

Huawei P20 (EML-AL00)
Huawei P20 (EML-TL00)
Huawei P20 Pro (CLT-AL00, CLT-AL01, CLT-AL00)
Huawei P20 Pro (CLT-TL00, CLT-TL01)

Huawei Mate 10 series:

Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design (BLA-AL00)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro (BLA-AL00)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro (BLA-TL00)
Huawei Mate 10 (ALP-AL00)
Huawei Mate 10 (ALP-TL00)

Huawei Nova 4:

Huawei Nova 4 (VCE-AL00)
Huawei Nova 4 (VCE-TL00)

Keep in mind that the beta will be rolled out to a limited amount of users with the upper limit set at 2000. You can read more about it here.

Update 95 (August 10, 2021)

09:15 am (IST): Huawei has begun to recruit the HarmonyOS 2 fifth batch internal beta for Huawei Enjoy 10, Enjoy 10 Plus, 9X, 9X Pro, and other Honor devices. The beta program also includes devices such as Honor 10 and V10. More on that here.

– Huawei Enjoy 10S
– Huawei Enjoy 10 Plus
– Honor 9X
– Honor 9X Pro
– Honor 20S
– Honor Play 4T Pro
– Honor 10
– Honor v10

Update 96 (August 23, 2021)

09:15 am (IST): The development of Harmony OS 2 is beginning to pick up the pace and now, reports coming in indicate that 5 Honor devices are already publicly testing Harmony OS. These include:

– Honor 30S
– Honor 30 Youth Edition
– Honor-X10
– Honor X10 Max
– Honor Play4
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Also, reports now have it that Harmony OS 2 is addig a new update menu animation for Huawei devics. More on that here.

Update 97 (August 25, 2021)

12:35 pm (IST): Huawei is doubling down on the rollout of Harmony OS 2. In line with this, the Chinese company has made available Harmony OS 2 builds to up to 100 models, and below is a list of said devices.

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Update 98 (September 02, 2021)

14:12 pm (IST): Huawei’s Harmony OS 2 is slowly but surely taking shape as now, it is coming to light that the new system already boasts of a userbase exceeding 70 million devices and it’s still climbing.

Update 99 (September 04, 2021)

12:00 pm (IST): What comes as a surprise is that Harmony OS 2.0 has reached 90 million users.

While it is nowhere close to the original goal of reaching out to 300 million devices by the end of the year, Huawei is really expanding at a rapid pace.

According to the CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu, 8 new devices are switching over to Harmony OS 2.00 every second. You can read more about it here.

Update 100 (September 08, 2021)

10:11 am (IST): Huawei has reportedly made available 5 new downloadable Harmony OS 2 samples.

These include an Update to the JsFACard Sample Function, a new JsRouter Sample, a new Native Image Sample, a new JsTimer Sample, and a new JsDevice Sample. These will, no doubt, be useful for the developers.

More on that here.

Update 101 (September 09, 2021)

12:51 pm (IST): Harmony OS is available to a number of older Huawei and Honor devices. These smartphones that can participate in this initial beta recruitment include:

– Honor 20 Lite (Youth Edition)
– Honor 8X
– Honor-10 Lite (Youth Edition)
– Honor 20i (including Honor 20i AAPE co-branded version)
– Honor play3
– Huawei Enjoy 20 5G
– Huawei Enjoy 9S
– Huawei-Maimang 8
– Huawei Enjoy 10
Source

The recruitment period for these Huawei and Honor phones will run from September 8 to September 14, 2021

Update 102 (September 13, 2021)

12:50 pm (IST): Huawei is reportedly gearing up to kick start the Harmony OS 2.0 beta program for the Huawei Nova 3 soon.

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

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