Previously, there have been reports out of China which suggests that the first Harmony OS-driven smartphone will make it’s debut in Q4 2019. This smartphone is touted to be the Huawei Mate 30 Lite which will arrive with a moderate price tag of around 2,000 Yuan (US$284).
Sad to say, this will not going to happen at all. According to a media event in New York, Huawei’s Senior VP Vincent Yang has revealed that the Chinese smartphone maker has currently no plan to launch a Harmony OS phone this year. However, a new smartwatch running on Harmony OS seems to remain as a possibility according to his comments.
Furthermore, Yang had also reiterated the company’s stand to maintain “one standard, one ecosystem” for their smartphones by utilizing the Android platform whenever possible. Therefore, the Harmony OS will remain as a fail-safe solution in the mean time.
Unless they are fully certain that their smartphones will totally be shut out from the Android ecosystem, then the company will begin rolling out the Harmony OS to the affected Android devices.