Huawei began developing its operating system, HarmonyOS after the US bans. Late last year, the Harmonyos 2.0 developer beta version was released for some smart devices; the operating system of the company that introduced it was displayed in operation for the first time.
Wang Chenglu recently announced that by June 2021, many Huawei-manufactured phones will switch to HarmonyOS 2.0. Chenglu stated that the operating system will not be limited to smartphones; He shared the knowledge that other devices in Huawei’s IoT ecosystem will also host HarmonyOS.
Shortly before the launch date of the new operating system, a video appeared showing what the interface looks like on the Huawei Mate X2.
The video featured many similarities with Android in terms of how the notification bar and icons are grouped and how they look. Huawei’s apps, such as Petal Search, are also expected to be included in the devices for global devices.
When pulled down from the upper right corner, we were greeted by the control center; when pulled down from the upper left corner, there are incoming messages and notifications.
Huawei’s Calendar and Notes apps are also available with the new operating system; with upward scrolling or long-pressing to learn more without opening that app; will have a widget that will allow it to be accessed. It remains unclear whether shortcut gestures will be used for tablets and foldable devices, or if different paths will be followed for other devices.
P50 will be the first phone out of the box with HarmonyOS
Huawei has not yet introduced a phone that comes out of the box with this operating system since launching HarmonyOS 2.0. According to a leak shared on Chinese social media platform Weibo, the P50 will be the first phone the company will offer HarmonyOS on the boot.
According to some sources, Huawei will launch the P50 series with Android and HarmonyOS 2.0 options. Huawei, which is expected to introduce the phone only with its operating system in the Chinese market, is expected to include Android in the global market. The company will leave the choice entirely to the user.
Unable to use Android and Google services due to the US embargo, Huawei did not just improve its operating system. It also developed its mobile services under the brand name ‘Petal’. The company’s services include Petal Maps, Petal Search, and Petal Docs.
Expanding its product range with new services, the company is developing two more services: Petal Mail and Petal Translate. These services, which are in the process of being tested, will soon be available with mobile applications.