According to Wang Chenglu, president of Huawei’s consumer device software division, Huawei and Honor smartphone users will be able to try out the proprietary HarmonyOS operating system in January-February next year. This will be still beta, but already available for installation and active testing. The final version of the OS, replacing EMUI and Magic UI, will be released a few months later – after fixing bugs found during public testing.
According to Wang Chenglu, from a technical point of view, HarmonyOS has been available for use in smartphones for two years (development of the OS kernel began back in 2012). The reason Huawei has not yet opened access to it to all users is the creation of a full-fledged ecosystem (primarily, of course, the development of a branded app store) and interaction with Google. Apparently, one can only dream of the latter, but it is possible that the situation will change after the US elections.
Also interesting is the fact that until May 16 last year, Huawei had internal discussions on the development path of HarmonyOS: whether to take an example from open Android or still make a closed OS like iOS. In the end, it was decided to follow the path of Google, since only in this case can we count on the development of the software ecosystem.