Huawei will finally hold its first big launch event of the year with the Chinese company expected to reveal a swathe of shiny new gadgets including the new P50 Pro smartphone. This device could get a faster processor, better camera and improved battery life along with an updated and fully refreshed design. Although there will be plenty of interest in Huawei’s hardware announcements the biggest news of the day could be all about the firm’s new software.
Huawei has already teased its upcoming event with a short clip on YouTube revealing that HarmonyOS and new products will be unveiled on June 2 and it’s set to be a big week for fans of the tech giant.
HarmonyOS is Huawei’s answer to Android and it could be coming to all of the firm’s new phones along with being made available for older handsets including the hugely popular P30 and P40.
So why is Huawei making this big change and moving away from an operating system that has served it so well in the past?
With the US trade ban still meaning Huawei can’t use any of Google’s apps and services – including Google Maps, Gmail and the Play Store – the company clearly feels it’s time to make a break from Android. Huawei has already launched its own App Gallery store and this new OS would mean its destiny is in its own hands.
The firm certainly has big plans for HarmonyOS with Wang Chenglu, the head of software at Huawei‘s consumer business group, earlier this year saying Huawei hopes to have HarmonyOS installed on 400million devices in 2021.
According to the alleged leaker, Huawei could release HarmonyOS upgrades based on what chipset a device is running. The Kirin 9000 chipset could be first in line to ditch Android for HarmonyOS. This would mean the Huawei Mate 40 series will be the first to receive the new in-house Huawei operating system.
Next up will reportedly be handsets using the Kirin 990 5G chip, which includes the Huawei Mate 30 Pro as well as the Huawei P40 Pro.
As with all rumours, it’s best to take them with a pinch of salt until official confirmation, but it does make sense that Huawei’s latest and greatest smartphone would be first in line to receive the major inbound software update.
Here is a list of Huawei and Honor devices that Huawei Central expects will be eligible for the HarmonyOS upgrade…
HUAWEI: Huawei Mate 40, Huawei Mate 40 Pro, Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, Huawei Mate 40 RS Porsche Design, Huawei Mate X, Huawei Mate Xs, Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, Huawei P40 Pro+, Huawei Mate 30 4G, Huawei Mate 30 Pro 4G, Huawei Mate 30 5G, Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G, Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Design, Huawei Nova 8 (Upcoming), Huawei Nova 8 Pro (Upcoming), Huawei Nova 7 Pro 5G, Huawei Nova 7 5G, Huawei Nova 7 SE, Huawei P30, Huawei P30 Pro, Huawei Mate 20, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei Mate 20 X 4G, Huawei Mate 20 X 5G, Huawei Mate 20 RS, Huawei Nova 6 5G, Huawei Nova 6 SE
We’ll have to wait and see how HarmonyOS works out and if it can really match the might of Google. But with the rumoured launch of P50 coming soon we may have a good idea of the feature list sooner rather than later.
Published at Wed, 26 May 2021 15:52:00 +0000