Huawei’s HarmonyOS to land in Europe next year, executive says
Published: Dec 06, 2021 08:43 PM
Huawei's HarmonyOS 2.0 reached another milestone on Thursday - 120 million devices

Huawei's HarmonyOS 2.0 reached another milestone on Thursday - 120 million devices

A senior executive of Huawei has said that the company's self-developed operating system HarmonyOS is expected to land in Europe in 2022, marking an official global debut of the OS, which has only been promoted in the Chinese market so far.

The announcement was made by Derek Yu, president of Huawei Consumer Business for Central and Eastern Europe, Northern Canada and Turkey, in a recent interview, according to a post on the WeChat account of the HarmonyOS Technology community on Monday.

Yu also disclosed that Huawei will continue to work on flagship phones, especially folding models, as well as the Mate and P series. Moreover, the Shanghai Research and Development Center is studying 5G chips; so one day, all Huawei flagship products will support 5G again, said Yu.

The Mate series is on its way and will be released in 2022, Yu said.

When approached by the Global Times on Monday, Huawei did not provide any details about the reported European debut next year, while noting that overseas consumers can already enjoy the new experience offered by HarmonyOS 2 through the newly released Huawei tablets, smart screens, watches and other products.

"There is currently no HarmonyOS upgrade planned for overseas mobile phones," the company said, adding that the number of devices that have updated to Huawei's HarmonyOS, including smartphones, watches and tablets, had surpassed 170 million as of November 10.

Huawei executive board member Richard Yu Chengdong said in late October that HarmonyOS has already "achieved success", and its ecosystem has also seen dynamic, rapid growth since its first launch in 2019.

The availability of HarmonyOS in the European market could give a boost to the besieged Chinese tech giant's businesses in Europe, a veteran industry analyst told the Global Times on Monday.

Its outstanding smartphone users in the continent - a non-negligible part of its overall user population - will gain access to its proprietary OS, which has been optimized, thereby potentially extending the use of their Huawei phones before they opt for new gadgets, said the analyst, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

This experience may also pave the way for an array of Huawei devices other than smartphones that run on HarmonyOS to enter the European market, the analyst noted.

Huawei's smartphone sales have sustained a heavy blow since Google's GMS does not support Huawei devices. As a result, the HarmonyOS could be viewed as a breakthrough for the firm to regain smartphone shares overseas.