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Harmony OS 2.0 announced: Could debut on smartphones next year

Huawei HarmonyOS 2

Credit: HDC 2020

Huawei announced its Harmony OS platform at its developer conference last year, and it’s now announced Harmony OS 2.0.

The Chinese brand confirmed that a beta version of the Harmony OS 2.0 SDK will be available from September 10 2020 on smartwatches, TVs, and head units. The firm added that a beta version of the developer tools will come to smartphones in December 2020.

“So maybe starting from next year, we’ll see smartphones with Harmony OS,” Huawei consumer business group CEO Richard Yu was quoted as saying at the Huawei Developer Conference (HDC).

OpenHarmony roadmap

Credit: HDC 2020

The firm also revealed a roadmap for its OpenHarmony project (seen above), being its open-source take on Harmony OS (ostensibly akin to the AOSP). The firm says that from today, the open-source project will support devices with 128KB to 128MB of RAM, while it’s aiming to open up to devices with more RAM by April 2021 and October 2021. Furthermore, the company says it will fully open Harmony OS before October 2021.

The Chinese brand touted various features for Harmony OS 2.0, such as an adaptive user interface depending on the device, and “AI audiovisual” for smarter voice recognition. The firm also focused on cross-device data transfers, claiming faster remote read/write performance and faster search performance than Samba and iOS Spotlight respectively.



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