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  • Huawei could reportedly launch the Huawei P50 series with Harmony OS.
  • It’s unclear whether this would apply to specific models and regions if confirmed.

Huawei launched the Harmony OS 2.0 developer beta yesterday (December 16),  allowing Chinese developers to test-drive the home-grown platform on select Huawei phones. The company also reiterated that the first Harmony OS phones would launch next year.

Now, China’s Sina Tech website has reported that the Huawei P50 will be “officially equipped” with Harmony OS, adding that the device is expected in Q1 2021. In other words, this could be the first flagship Huawei phone to receive a pre-installed version of the home-built operating system.

It’s unclear whether this would apply to all Huawei P50 series phones and whether it would apply to specific regions (e.g. China only). Nevertheless, Huawei previously told us that Harmony OS is able to convert Android apps to run on the platform. So a smartphone running the platform might still have app support comparable to Huawei phones without Google integration.

The transition seems sensible in light of the manufacturer’s current situation then, as it sees sliding market-share in strongholds like Europe. It might not have anything to lose if Google support isn’t forthcoming any time soon and its market-share continues to decline.

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“We don’t have anything smartphone related to say with regards to Harmony OS other than what we communicated yesterday [regarding the beta – ed],” a Huawei representative told Android Authority in response to an emailed query.

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