Adios Android: some non-Huawei phones are getting HarmonyOS 2

When HarmonyOS 2 was unveiled as Huawei’s brand-new gadget working system to rival Android or iOS, we anticipated to see it in new gadgets from the corporate, and it was a shock when older handsets have been allowed to improve. However a fair greater shock simply landed.

Now, a number of Honor gadgets has been added to the HarmonyOS 2 compatibility checklist (by way of RealmiCentral). A few of these telephones have been already eligible to obtain the working system’s beta, however now they’re allowed to make use of the full-fat model of the software program.

These telephones embrace the Honor 20 collection and Honor View 20, which at the moment run Android, as they launched earlier than the Huawei ban and previous to HarmonyOS being unveiled.

All of the gadgets are from earlier than Huawei offered Honor, which suggests it is not wholly stunning that they are now allowed to get HarmonyOS, however we nonetheless would’ve imagined Honor would not need its legacy gadgets related to its ex-parent firm.

It isn’t clear if folks utilizing an eligible Honor telephone can improve immediately, or if HarmonyOS 2 is rolling out to those gadgets slowly; present studies of individuals getting the improve are from China, which might doubtless be the primary place to obtain the improve.

If you happen to’ve acquired a flagship Honor telephone from the previous few years, you’ll find out if the improve is obtainable by heading to the Settings app, going into the About Telephone menu, and seeing if you’ll find an improve right here.

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Evaluation: bye-bye Android?

The older Huawei telephones which have been eligible for the HarmonyOS improve used Android, however that is the primary time non-Huawei telephones working Google’s working system have been granted entry to the replace.

Moreover, in contrast to the Huawei gadgets, a few of these Honor telephones even have entry to Google Cell Providers, together with the Play Retailer, Gmail and Maps, which the Huawei ban faraway from gadgets from the corporate (together with Honor) in mid-2019.

Since Huawei gadgets, and HarmonyOS, nonetheless do not have entry to GMS, they depend on Huawei’s AppGallery, in addition to Petal Search, which helps you to set up apps straight from the online. It is a good workaround for the ‘lack of apps’ drawback, although some in style apps are lacking.

So in the event you improve from an older Honor telephone to HarmonyOS, you could be dropping entry to some key companies and platforms.

Will different manufacturers observe Honor’s swimsuit? Some time again we heard rumors that Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo and Meizu have been all contemplating providing HarmonyOS on their telephones. A later report recommended Nokia telephones may use it too. Honor permitting its legacy gadgets to make the step is an enormous signal of confidence for the fledging working system, albeit a complicated one given Android has way more apps than HarmonyOS.

We think about most manufacturers will wait till HarmonyOS has entry to an even bigger vary of apps, together with premium and paid ones, earlier than critically contemplating letting their telephones use the working system. However Honor telephones getting the improve is a small step that will increase the probability of that future.