At a recent conference, Huawei’s President Dr. Wang Chenglu announced that HarmonyOS will be making its smartphone debut sometime in 2020.
Earlier this year, at the Huawei Developers Conference 2019, the Company announced that it has no plans of launching its proprietary HarmonyOS powered smartphone this year. Initially, the operating system was touted to replace Android but in a recent statement President, Dr. Wang Chenglu made it clear that HarmonyOS will not be replacing Android.
Android is Huawei’s preferred operating system, however, if due to the ongoing China-US trade ban, Huawei is not allowed to work with Google, it will resort to HarmonyOS as its main operating system. He also revealed that the new OS will be a fully open source for the public by August next year. Hence, Huawei’s decision not to launch a smartphone with HarmonyOS makes sense now. Moreover, the operating system will be launched internationally as opposed to what was announced at the Huawei Developers Conference 2019.
The Chinese giant is pretty ambitious when it comes to HarmonyOS. A few weeks ago, Huawei’s senior vice president of public affairs, Joy Tan, in an interview claimed that Harmony has better security and fewer lines of code. Hence, the Company believes that it will surpass Linux by the end of 2020 and become the 5th best smart digital terminal operating system.
As far as HarmonyOS’s debut on the Company’s smartphone is concerned, we don’t know if Huawei will launch it with its flagship device or will it be part of a new series.