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HUAWEI will update over 100 devices with Harmony OS

Just when it will reach your phone is another matter.

Published onJune 2, 2021

  • HUAWEI plans to upgrade over 100 phones, tablets, and other devices with Harmony OS.
  • Devices dating back to the P10 and Mate 9 will receive the new software.
  • You may be waiting a long time depending on your device and where you live, however.

HUAWEI is determined to update as many devices as possible with Harmony OS, not just ship new hardware like the MatePad series. The Chinese tech giant has unveiled plans to upgrade over 100 phones, tablets, and smart screens with its latest software, and that includes some surprisingly old products.

You can expect HUAWEI to update not just recent products like the Mate 40 and P40 series with its Android 10 variant, but ‘classics’ dating back to the Mate 9 and P10 — both well over four years old. You can also anticipate Harmony OS releases for many Nova models as well as “some” HONOR products released before late 2020, when the brand split from HUAWEI.

It could take a while before HUAWEI delivers an update to your favorite handset. Some products will start getting updates in June, including the P40, Mate 40, Mate 30, and certain MatePad Pro models. Mate XS users, some Mate 20 owners, and those with numerous Nova and MatePad models will have to wait until the third quarter of the year, however. You’ll have to wait until the fourth quarter to get an update to your P30 series, Mate 20 X or Mate X. And if you’re itching for an upgrade to an old device like the Mate 9 or P10, you’ll be waiting until the first half of 2022.

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HUAWEI told Android Authority that the Harmony OS update schedule only applies to hardware in China. There will be news on international rollouts if there’s more information available, according to a spokesperson.

Even so, the HUAWEI update plan is ambitious. The company is effectively creating a unified experience for most of the devices it shipped in the past few years — even fellow Android heavyweights like Samsung don’t provide that kind of consistency. Harmony OS’ older Android 10 roots help (trying this with Android 12 would be another story), but it could still be a welcome move if you were worried your mobile devices might be left behind.

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