Huawei’s plans call for it to abandon Android. Using existing smartphones and tablets, HarmonyOS 2 is being rolled out starting today. Updates are being rolled out first to Mate40, P40, Mate30, and MatePad Pro.
HarmonyOS will be available on tablets like the Nova 6, Nova 7, and Nova 8, as well as the Mate 20 and MatePad in the third quarter of 2021. The operating system will be available on the V and S series smart screens, the Mate 20 X phone, and the M6 tablet at the end of this year.
HarmonyOS will be released in the first half of 2022 for Huawei’s Mate 9, Mate 10, P20, P10, and Nova 5 smartphones. If you’d like access sooner, you can apply through the Huawei app, which can be downloaded in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. A total of 100 existing Huawei products will be migrated from Android to HarmonyOS.
HarmonyOS was initially intended for televisions, and Huawei announced last year that it would be available on smartphones.
Huawei has been forced to switch to an open-source version of Android after it was blocked from Android updates by US sanctions. Huawei was also prohibited from bringing Google applications and services to its new phones as part of the entity list ban.
According to Huawei, HarmonyOS 2 offers enhanced connectivity. When you’re watching a movie on your phone, you can easily send video to the TV and audio to earbuds like the FreeBuds 4. It appears to be easy to connect devices, including transferring files between a tablet and a Windows PC.
HarmonyOS 2 is running out-of-the-box on all of the company’s new hardware announced on Wednesday.
A screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent distinguishes the 12.6-inch MatePad Pro with its OLED display. A Kirin 9000 processor designed by Huawei powers the iPad Pro, which features eight speakers, four microphones and three cameras, including a time-of-flight 3D camera. A 128GB version of this 6.7mm thick tablet will be available on June 10 for 4,999 yuan (approximately $783).
Both the 10.8-inch MatePad Pro and 11.2-inch MatePad 11 are equipped with Qualcomm processors instead of Kirin.
There are five microphones and four speakers on the smaller Pro tablet. Also available on June 10, the 32GB model is priced at 3500 Yuan (about $600).
The Wear 3 series was also announced by Huawei. Besides the crown button, the smartwatch comes with car keys, video calls, and eSIM support, plus health and fitness monitoring tools.
It is claimed that the battery life on the Watch 3 is three days or 14 days on ultra-long battery mode. It is estimated that the Watch 3 Pro can run for five days in standard battery mode or for 21 days in extended battery mode. Compared with the Watch 3 Pro, the Watch 3 costs £500/3,299 Yuan (approximately $520) and the Watch 3 starts at £350/2,599 Yuan (*$400). Shipping begins on June 11 in some regions. Orders are currently being accepted.
Huawei has begun rolling out its Android option for smartphones and tablets