Huawei's HarmonyOS is coming to smartphones

Huawei has announced the development of a second version of its own operating system, HarmonyOS. The Chinese manufacturer plans to significantly expand the range of devices on which it can work, primarily smartphones.

The company has made its operating system SDK available to developers, but it currently only supports smartwatches, car information systems, and TVs. The smartphone version of the SDK will appear in December this year, and the phones themselves with HarmonyOS installed may hit the market next year.

In addition, Huawei is actively promoting the OpenHarmony project, which gives developers access to an open source version of the operating system, just as the AOSP project does for Android. To date, the project only supports devices with 128MB of memory or less, but starting in April it will be able to work with up to 4GB of memory. And in October 2021, the RAM limit will be completely eliminated.

The HarmonyOS project is extremely important to Huawei as it allows it to resist sanctions that prohibit the Chinese tech giant from doing business with US companies. For example, Huawei is now forced to ship its Android smartphones without Google services, which severely cuts down on gadget functionality for users outside of China.