The first smartphone to offer HarmonyOS 2.0 right out of the box would be the Huawei P50. The smartphone should be launched in the first quarter of 2021. We also learn that HarmonyOS 2.0 will be fully compatible with Android applications, but on a temporary basis. Huawei also announces its intention to install HarmonyOS 2.0 on more than 100 million devices by the end of 2021.
The economic section of the daily Sina (in Mandarin) reveals that the first smartphone to be launched entirely under HarmonyOS 2.0 will be the Huawei P50. Shortly after the HarmonyOS 2.0 went live, Huawei held a conference around the new operating system. The manufacturer has however not fully confirmed the information from Sina – simply saying that a smartphone running HarmonyOS would be released in the first quarter of 2021. If we stick strictly to what Huawei said, the manufacturer could therefore continue to launch Android smartphones alongside a HarmonyOS smartphone.
Nevertheless, we understand from listening to the officials of the firm that Huawei does not intend to do things by halves. And would like to turn the page on its painful addiction to American technologies and services as soon as possible. It is, it seems, with this in mind that the manufacturer has announced that HarmonyOS 2.0 would be temporarily compatible with Android applications. A half-surprise, because the developers quickly noticed that the development of applications under HarmonyOS looks a lot like the Android ecosystem and the EMUI 11 overlay. When the HarmonyOS ecosystem is mature enough, Huawei will more frankly divide the two universes.
Huawei also reveals that it counts install HarmonyOS on more than 100 million devices by the end of 2021. In principle, the most curious of you owning one of the latest Huawei smartphones can just wait: the manufacturer will automatically switch your device to the new system as soon as a stable version is available. Many questions still surround the launch of the P50. Huawei remains hit by heavy penalties that complicate its component supply. It has been rumored for months that the P50 would be the last smartphone to carry a high-performance Kirin chip. But even that remains dotted for now.
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The P50 is expected to embark on a new innovation in photography: a liquid lens technology that has been expected from the Samsung Galaxy S11 that would allow near-instant focusing, and perhaps develop a more efficient telephoto lens.