A year after launching Harmony OS, Huawei introduced version 2.0 of its operating system. During the Huawei Developer Conference, the Chinese company unveiled the SDK dedicated to this new version. Initially, televisions, connected watches and headsets are concerned. But Huawei has announced that the development kit will open to smartphones from December 2020. We can therefore expect to see the first mobiles under Harmony OS from 2021.
Since the start of the embargo from the United States which hits Huawei hard, the Chinese company has defended itself from wanting to bring Harmony OS to smartphones. It seems that the Shenzhen firm has pulled the plug on returning permission to work with Google and use its Android services. The construction of a third major possibility in the mobile market seems to be the path chosen now. Especially since Huawei will also offer an open source version of Harmony and no doubt hopes to attract a few other manufacturers in what looks more and more like a Stations of the Cross.
If Huawei manages to build an OS to completely replace Android on its mobiles, the manufacture of smartphones seems more complicated than ever for the Chinese manufacturer, which is struggling to provide itself with semiconductors. The two largest suppliers of panels in the world, Samsung and LG, have announced that they will no longer be able to supply the Chinese company from September 15, 2020. This cascade of defections among Huawei's suppliers has it, it seems, prompted to significantly lower smartphone production forecasts for 2021.