Huawei has released the first betas of the HarmonyOS operating system for smartphones and tablets. The development path of the Huawei operating system is proceeding according to schedule, now reaching its 2.0 version. HarmonyOS 2.0 is released with over 15,000 APIs to support smartphones, tablets, wearables, screens, and automotive devices.
To begin to familiarize themselves with the new version of the operating system, interested developers can use Huawei DevEco Studio IDE (version 2.0 beta 3) or take part in the beta program and download the operating system OTA on one of the registered smartphones (details on the official website, link in SOURCE). After registering with the program, you must wait for a confirmation email from Huawei containing instructions to install the software on your smartphone.
The list of devices that supports HarmonyOS 2.0 includes:
- Huawei P40
- Huawei P40 Pro
- Huawei Mate 30
- Huawei Mate 30 5G
- Huawei Mate 30 Pro
- Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G
- Huawei MatePad Pro
- Huawei MatePad Pro 5G
- Huawei MatePad Pro WiFi
Huawei underlines that the beta program is open to everyone, but from the first direct reports it seems that the installation is reserved exclusively for Chinese users – we tried to register but it was not possible to receive the code to be enabled for the download due to of regional restrictions.
It should also be noted that this is a beta version of an operating system that is only now taking its first steps. Even finding a way to install HarmonyOS 2.0 on European smartphones and tablets – it cannot be ruled out that the ROM will be put online shortly through alternative channels (eg. XDA) – the operation is definitely not recommended, since it is a software version that would probably be not suitable for everyday use.
It is however possible to take a look at how HarmonyOS 2.0 takes its first steps on the P40 with a video hands-on – at first glance the differences at the interface level compared to the EMUI 11 are minimal, but the real news lies below since at the base there is no more Android). Beyond the number of supported smartphones and tablets and the possibility of installing and using HarmonyOS 2.0, the value of the news lies in the confirmation that the Chinese manufacturer is moving forward with the aim of creating a (credible) alternative. to the Android operating system. The sword of Damocles of the US ban continues to hang on the head of Huawei and there are still no certainties that the situation can change significantly for the better with the arrival of the new Biden administration. Having a plan B for Huawei continues to be a priority.
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