Huawei will launch its substitute for Android this week

It has been a troublesome few years for Huawei. President Donald J Trump positioned the corporate on a US commerce blacklist – banning all American firms from doing enterprise with the agency over considerations about its hyperlinks to the Chinese language authorities. The ban meant Google, a US firm based mostly in California, is not capable of provide Android updates or options to any Huawei-branded gadget.

As such, Huawei has been counting on the open-source model of Android, with no entry to the Google Play Retailer, Google Maps, YouTube, or Google-focused options within the cell working system, for its most up-to-date smartphones. And gross sales have not been nice (Huawei’s market share plunged from 20 % to eight.8 % in a little bit over a yr after the ban got here into power).

Nonetheless, the corporate has an ace up its sleeve. Huawei has been growing its personal various working system that may compete straight with the Google-developed model of Android, which powers tens of millions of Android handsets, together with these from Google, OnePlus, Samsung, LG, Sony, and extra. Dubbed HarmonyOS, we have seen some snapshots from this working system – however now it is able to launch.

HarmonyOS, often called Hongmeng in China, is now scheduled to launch on June 2, 2021.

Whereas HarmonyOS has been round for a while – it began out as an working system designed to energy its internet-of-things devices – Huawei has now pivoted the software program to energy its smartphones. The Shenzhen-based firm expects 200 million gadgets to be geared up with HarmonyOS by the tip of this yr. Nonetheless, it hasn’t damaged out what number of of that complete quantity it expects to be smartphones.

Primarily based on what we have seen from current beta variations of HarmonyOS, it shares lots of underlying code with the open-source model of Android 10. So, those that are accustomed to Android should not be too out of their depth.

Regardless of Donald Trump leaving the White Home, Huawei remains to be listed on the US commerce ban doc. As such, do not maintain your breath anticipating to search out any Google companies on HarmonyOS. So, whereas you can use an online browser to move to YouTube and Google Maps personal the net, none of those apps shall be obtainable on the working system. Neither will the Google Play Retailer, so you may nonetheless want to make use of Huawei’s AppGallery.

The latter has its personal variations of a few of the hottest apps on the Play Retailer, however there are some large names nonetheless lacking.

In relation to what smartphones will be capable of run HarmonyOS, Huawei has confirmed plenty of fashions. To start, HarmonyOS will solely assist gadgets with as much as 4GB of RAM, which covers fairly a number of entry-level smartphones and tablets. Clearly, this restriction signifies that lots of Huawei’s top-tier flagship telephones aren’t supported by the brand new working system proper now. Fortunately, Huawei has confirmed that by the tip of 2021, this RAM restrict will improve over 4GB to assist its flagship smartphones.

Huawei has already confirmed plans to convey HarmonyOS to…

  • Huawei Mate 40
  • Huawei Mate 40 Professional
  • Huawei Mate 40 Professional+
  • Huawei Mate 40 RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate 40E
  • Huawei Mate X2
  • Huawei P40
  • Huawei P40 Professional
  • Huawei P40 Professional+
  • Huawei Mate 30 4G
  • Huawei Mate 30 Professional 4G
  • Huawei Mate 30 5G
  • Huawei Mate 30 Professional 5G
  • Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei Nova 8
  • Huawei Nova 8 Professional
  • Huawei Nova 7 Professional 5G
  • Huawei Nova 7 5G
  • Huawei Nova 6
  • Huawei Nova 6 5G
  • Huawei P30
  • Huawei P30 Professional
  • Huawei MatePad Professional
  • Huawei MatePad 10.8

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