Google’s Android Operating System (OS) is the current most popular mobile OS covering nearly 87% of all smartphones. But, things may turn around as Huawei has been developing its OS own called HarmonyOS. Rumors are that along with Huawei, some popular smartphone brands including Vivo, Oppo, Meizu may adopt HarmonyOS. If this is so, then HarmonyOS could be a big competitor of Android OS, even more than iOS.
Huawei has started the development of HarmonyOS back in May 2016, before the US conflict. The company reportedly started the first round of public beta testing for HarmonyOS half a year ago. And now, the company has started the second round of HarmonyOS 2.0 public testing. Notably, seven new Huawei phones are added in the second round which are: Nova 6, Nova 6 5G, nova 7 5G, nova 7 Pro 5G, nova 8, nova 8 Pro, and Huawei MatePad 10.8.
Interested eligible users can apply for the beta program before May 17. Note that, the seats are limited. So, hurry to grab the seat, else wait for the next round.
Starting today, Huawei will provide developers with two early adopters of the developer beta version. These are:-
- Use the cloud simulator in HUAWEI DevEco Studio and download DevEco Studio 2.1 Beta4 on the official website of HarmonyOS to get it. (App developers who are not on the HUAWEI App Market are recommended to use this method first)
- Use the exclusive OTA to upgrade the real machine for commissioning. Click the red button “I want to register” at the top of this page to apply. After the registration is approved, you will receive an invitation email (or SMS) from Huawei’s official public beta, and follow the instructions on the content of the email (or SMS). , You can get OTA push. (Preferred app developers who have been put on the Huawei App Market)
Huawei has enhanced the following features in HarmonyOS 2.0 developer Beta version:
- 16000+ APIs (support the development of mobile phone/PAD, large screen, wearable, car and machine applications)
- Distributed application framework
- Distributed UI controls
- Service card
- DevEco Studio 2.1 Beta4