According to Wang Chenglu, president of Huawei, which develops software for user devices, users of Huawei and Honor smartphones will be able to try HarmonyOS branded operating system in January-February next year. This will still be a beta version, but already available for installation and active testing. The final version of the operating system replacing EMUI and Magic UI will be released a few months later – after eliminating errors found during public testing.
According to Wang Chenglu, from a technical point of view, HarmonyOS has been available for smartphones for two years already (the OS kernel development started back in 2012). The reason why Huawei has not yet opened access to it to all users is the creation of a complete ecosystem (first of all, of course, the development of a branded application store) and interaction with Google. Apparently, one can only dream about the second now, but it is possible that the situation will change after the elections in the United States.
Also interesting is the fact that until May 16 last year in Huawei led internal discussions on the path of development of HarmonyOS: whether to take the example of open Android or still do closed OS on the type of iOS. As a result, it was decided to follow the path of Google, as only in this case you can count on the development of the software ecosystem.