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Huawei announces 2nd version of HarmonyOS, coming to smartphones soon

By Cookie Monster - on 10 Sep 2020, 11:38pm

Huawei announces 2nd version of HarmonyOS, coming to smartphones soon

Huawei today announced the next version of its HarmonyOS at the company's developer conference in Shenzhen. 

The beta version of the HarmonyOS 2.0 SDK will be made available to developers today. At the moment, the HarmonyOS 2.0 SDK only supports smartwatches, car head units and TVs. Consumer business CEO Richard Yu shared that a SDK for smartphone will be released in December 2020, and hinted that phones running HarmonyOS may appear in 2021.

Huawei is also launching the OpenHarmony initiative for developers to build upon an open-source version of the OS. The OpenHarmony initiative currently supports devices with 128MB of RAM or below, but support will be expanded to 4GB in April 2021 with no limit of memory planned by October 2021.

It has been a year since Huawei unveiled HarmonyOS for smart devices. While it is not designed specifically to be a smartphone OS to replace Android, HarmonyOS is positioned as a scalable OS that should theoretically work on any device.

Source: The Verge