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Huawei’s Android alternative, HarmonyOS, is launching this June

By AYIE LICSI Published May 26, 2021 12:17 pm

Huawei confirms the launch of HarmonyOS, its home-grown operating system, for smartphones on June 2.

In May 2019, the Chinese tech giant landed in the United States’ entity list (trade blacklist), which led to Google cutting ties with the smartphone maker.

Since the ban, Google apps and its mobile services have been missing from Huawei phones.

Two years after the ban, Huawei will unveil its Android alternative: HarmonyOS. Huawei will no longer be relying on Android to power its phones.

The tech company is also set to introduce the MatePad Pro 2 and Huawei Watch 3 at the June 2 event. These devices will all run on HarmonyOS instead of EMUI 11, which makes the upcoming MatePad the first tablet to ship with the new OS out of the box.

HarmonyOS has actually already been rolled out but for the company’s IoT devices and TVs. It has been used for Huawei watches, laptops, and home appliances for the past two years.

Huawei has also expressed that it aims to have 300 million devices powered by its home-grown OS by the end of the year.

However, the company has yet to announce a roadmap for which devices and when they will be getting the new operating system. Will we see the upcoming P50 series running on the HarmonyOS?