huawei harmony os
TL;DR
  • Huawei has released a Harmony OS 2.0 developer beta.
  • The beta is available for the P40 series, Mate 30 series, and MatePad Pro.

Huawei revealed its home-grown Harmony OS platform last year, and followed up by showing off Harmony OS 2.0 earlier this year. Now, the company has launched a developer beta for the platform.

The Chinese brand confirmed that interested developers can sign up via the Huawei developers website, although this seems to be limited to its home market for now. The Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, P40 and P40 Pro, and the MatePad Pro are the only supported devices at this juncture, the firm noted on its developer portal.

Want a phone that’s purpose-built for Harmony OS? Huawei executive Yang Haisong reportedly reiterated that the company will launch smartphones based on the platform next year (h/t: ITHome).

The Chinese brand didn’t give us a good look at the developer beta on a smartphone, but a video recently posted to Weibo (spotted by Huawei Central) purportedly gives us a decent idea of what to expect. The clip allegedly shows the Harmony OS 2.0 developer beta looking a lot like EMUI 11, featuring the same icons and a card-based multitasking screen. Check out the video below.

In any event, Huawei claimed that over 10,000 developers have already joined the Harmony OS ecosystem. But a major test will come when the brand inevitably decides to push the new platform outside China.

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