Huawei has announced that HarmonyOS, its alternative to Android, will come to its high-end mobiles from April this year. The Chinese company has specified that the first terminal to receive this new operating system will be the Mate X2.
Huawei has been working on its own operating system for years. Development began in 2017, but the United States’ trade blockade of China prompted the company to accelerate its plans. In 2019 it debuted on some Honor TVs, and in 2020 the public beta was launched for some mobiles.
According to Gizmochina, in the presentation of the new Mate X2, the CEO of Huawei, Richard Yu, has ensured that HarmonyOS will reach the flagships of the firm in April. The first to receive this new operating system will be the aforementioned high-end terminal, which will leave the factory with EMUI 11.
However, the manager has not specified which terminals, in addition to the Mate X2, will receive the new operating system.
The arrival of the public beta brought with it many details of Huawei’s new operating system. First, it was discovered that both EMUI and HarmonyOS share a large part of the code, something that could impact much of the user experience.
On the other hand, Ars Technica revealed that HarmonyOS would be a copy of Android 10 based on AOSP. Huawei would have kept the structure of Google’s operating system but cleaning up any reference to the word “Android.” Later, Huawei released a statement regarding the controversy.