According to rumours, the coming Huawei P50 will be the first smart phone that will be running on the HarmonyOS 2.0 operating system instead of Android. Huawei had postponed the premiere and release of the Huawei P50 and this had sparked the rumours that Huawei is not going to hesitate with the replacement of Android with HarmonyOS.
Despite that, Huawei had made it official that the first batch of models that will receive HarmonyOS 2.0 will be the Huawei Mate X2, P40 and Mate 40 series.
All of them will be updating to the proprietary “Android replacement” in April 2021. At the same time, a new Huawei TV is expected to be operating with HarmonyOS 2.0 too.
As for other Huawei and Honor smartphones, those that are running on EMUI 11 and Magic UI 4.0 will be gradually updated to HarmonyOS before the end of the year, depending on the System on a Chip (SoCs). The only exception so far is the Honor V40.
The models running on EMUI 10.1 and Magic UI 3.1 will be transferred directly to HarmonyOS, bypassing the intermediate stage in the form of EMUI 11 and Magic UI 4.0. These smartphones include Huawei nova 7 SE, Honor 30S, Honor X10, Honor 9X and a number of others.
Lastly, smartphones on MediaTek SoCs are not included in the current plan to transfer to HarmonyOS.
What do you need to know about Harmony OS?
HarmonyOS, a.ka. HongMeng OS in China, is an OS that Huawei first started developing way back in 2012 and it is aimed to reduce its dependency on Android.
According to Huawei, Huawei’s Harmony can be adapted for different devices and uses, and this is what makes it different from Google and Apple, which use separate OSes for different types of electronic products.
Huawei had plans to roll out the HarmonyOS in domestic PCs, smartwear products automobiles, smart speakers and earphones currently, and on more devices like virtual reality glasses after 2022.
Huawei emphasizes that the HarmonyOS is not just another version of Android, although it can run Android apps.
A large part of the difference between Harmony and the current market leaders, Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS lies in something called a kernel, which is the foundation of every OS.
Kernels handle interactions with the underlying hardware, allocate resources, and define how programs are executed and operated. Android and iOS are based on monolithic kernels, where everything needed to run the system exists within the kernel.
HarmonyOS, on the other hand, is a microkernel-based operating system designed to be used across all of Huawei’s devices. Rather than having everything in the same place, a microkernel is more modular.
In a nutshell, microkernels are more lightweight because they run only basic operations on a device. Everything else is left to other parts of the system, running as processes outside the kernel. This means microkernels are more adaptable and developers do not need to customise them for each new device.
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