Huawei announced at its annual developer conference this Thursday that it is planning to launch its Harmony Operating System on smartphones in 2021. The availability of the HarmonyOS phones will depend on the number of apps that Huawei can attract within a short period of time. Huawei's HMS Core currently includes 96,000 apps.
To attract a greater number of apps, Huawei has announced that the company will be launching a beta version of its second generation OS, HarmonyOS 2.0, by the end of 2020. HarmonyOS 2.0 will be available for tabs, car systems, and smartwatches. Huawei's OS currently has a reach of 490 million users and plans to expand it even more.
Huawei also revealed its latest user interface, the EMUI 11, which runs on Android. Huawei had to develop an alternative to the Android app ecosystem after its access to some major American suppliers, including Google, was prohibited due to the U.S. sanctions against the company.
Moreover, Huawei's HiCar interface has partnered with over 20 automakers and is aiming for 5 million vehicle pre-installs next year. The Huawei smartwatches had an 8.3% share in global shipment during H1. Huawei's consumer business mainly consists of smartphone sales and was able to achieve 255.8 billion yuan ($37.4 billion) in H1.