Due to the US sanctions, Huawei is forced to sell without Google’s apps and services. There are reports that the company is planning to lease Harmony OS as an alternate for its smartphones. Today, Huawei Consumer Group’s President for Software Department, Wang Chenglu that the first beta version of the Harmony OS will be available for developers around Dec. 18.
Chenglu also revealed that first demo units running on the Harmony OS will be releasing in January or February next year. He revealed that all the employees of the company are working towards readying up a new ecosystem that works with Harmony.
Chenglu added that 90 percent of its Huawei / Honor phones will be ready to receive the Harmony OS update. With the U.S. receiving a new President, there could be possibilities that Huawei phones may come with Google’s apps and services in markets outside of the U.S.
Currently, Android and iOS are the only two popular platforms for mobile devices. With Harmony OS gaining traction, there is a possibility that a third OS platform could become popular in the near future.
It is being said that the EMUI based Android 11 will bring a transition to the Harmony OS. The Kirin 9000 phones will be the first devices to receive the upgrade. The Kirin 990 5G phones will be the next ones to get the OS update. The Kirin 990 4G powered phones and some devices on Kirin 985, and Kirin 820 will be a part of the third batch. The next batch will include Kirin 980 phones and remaining devices on Kirin 990 4G and Kirin 820. Lastly, the Kirin 810 powered phones and some devices on Kirin 710 will receive the upgrade.