The First Huawei Devices With HarmonyOS Are Here And None Is A Mobile

Huawei has once again introduced us to HarmonyOS, after doing the same a couple of years ago, this time in the hands of a lot of devices with HarmonyOS inside. None of them is mobile and, although the Huawei P50s have made a brief appearance in the presentation, they have limited themselves to showing an image without details or release date.

HarmonyOS has been described on several occasions as Huawei’s Plan B to weather the storm caused by the US veto, although two years after its first presentation and four years after the start of its development, it still does not come standard in a news release. The operating system for everything chokes the main reason for its existence: mobile phones.

Brief history of HarmonyOS

According to statements collected by Huawei Central, the development of its own operating system by Huawei began in 2012, although during its first official presentation, in 2019, a more conservative date was given: it had been in development for two years, that is, since 2017. However, the veto of the United States was the trigger that accelerated the process.

harmony was presented as a microkernel operating system, the same concept as Google’s also mysterious Fuchsia. This microkernel includes the basics and common to all devices and components are added to add compatibility with countless hardware. In practice, it allows the operating system to adapt to all types of devices.

Huawei announced HarmonyOS in 2019 but claimed to have been working on this operating system for years for everything. Also mobile.

In a progressive deployment, HarmonyOS first reached Honor televisions and later integrated them into routers and other gadgets. The operating system officially supports smart car displays, watches, headphones, mobiles, tablets, and basically any smart device. The more complex mobile version was expected by the end of 2020, and first in China.


Indeed, HarmonyOS was officially launched as a mobile beta in December 2020, although limited to China and for five devices: four mobiles and a tablet, to which a couple more were later added. HarmonyOS could be installed in beta form on these terminals, although it was practically indistinguishable from Android. Later analysis with its emulated version revealed that, in essence, HarmonyOS was Android.

We come today, June 2, to the great HarmonyOS party. Two years after its debut, Huawei seems to be satisfied enough with its OS to present it again not as an idea, but as a finished product or almost. It comes with a good number of new releases with HarmonyOS, but mobiles are going to have to wait.

HarmonyOS everywhere … except on mobile

To be fair, Huawei has been introducing HarmonyOS to all kinds of devices for some time now, but today is the first time it has done a multi-launch. We have harmony in the Huawei Watch 3 and Huawei Watch 3 Pro watches, the Huawei Freebuds 4 headphones have lower latency in conjunction with HarmonyOS. We also have it in the Huawei MatePad 11 and the Huawei MatePad Pro, but the great absence is the mobile. There has been no mobile launch with HarmonyOS, just a little sneak peek at the future P50 series.

Within China, HarmonyOS is available in beta form for the Huawei P40, Huawei Mate 30, Huawei Mate 40, Huawei Mate X2 and Huawei MatePad Pro, but outside its borders, Plan B versus Android does not reach the main Android market, mobiles. Inside or outside of China, Huawei has not yet launched any mobile that comes with HarmonyOS pre-installed.

devices with or compatible with HarmonyOS

Huawei has put HarmonyOS in a lot of devices but has not yet launched a single mobile that brings it pre-installed

The estimated date for the first mobile with HarmonyOS is still some time in 2021, but they have not given any details of the Huawei P50 in today’s presentation, one of the main pillars that support its mere existence is still missing. HarmonyOS was created to replace Android on mobile phones, the worst division of the post-veto era.

In return, we have HarmonyOS in televisions, smartwatches, routers and headphones, all of the devices that generally do not pay much attention to what operating system they carry as long as they work correctly. Huawei already used its own system for its smartwatch, Huawei Lite OS, so the replacement is not really Android, but other solutions.

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If the idea was to sell more mobiles by not depending on Android, it is still not working. HarmonyOS has only been launched as an alternative to EMUI on already launched terminals

HarmonyOS for mobile is moving forward, that’s clear. The company has renamed the Weibo profile from EMUI to HarmonyOS, which basically leaves EMUI for dead and buried. Now, at the moment that plan to replace Android with something ” up to 60% faster ” seems to have lost some steam along the way. In return, we have a possible change from EMUI to HarmonyOS on already launched terminals.

Against this background, the big question that remains in the air is whether Huawei inflated the importance of HarmonyOS in the beginning or if in the end, it has decided to lower the bar to settle for replacing EMUI instead of Android. What is the use of creating an operating system to be able to continue selling mobiles, if mobiles are not sold with it? We will have to keep waiting to be able to say that “the first mobile with HarmonyOS is already official”.