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After a less than savory 2020, Huawei announced that it is launching HarmonyOS, its operating system, which will be available on its smartphones from April. Huawei CEO Richard Yu, announced the OS on Monday, as the company launched its second foldable device, the Huawei Mate X2.

From April, Huawei owners will be able to update their devices to HarmonyOS. The Huawei Mate X2 will be the first in line. The foldable phone will initially launch in China but HarmonyOS will be availed to other parts of the world.

HarmonyOS was originally developed for use in the company’s wider selection of devices.

HarmonyOS was an IoT project

In the beginning, the operating system was to be used to run Huawei’s ecosystem of IoT devices. After the US government banned Huawei from accessing most of what it needed, including access to Android OS, the company had to do something.

To find a replacement for Android, HarmonyOS was upgraded and refitted to work for all Huawei devices.

HarmonyOS was revealed back in 2019 and the switch from Android will have taken two years when it debuts in April.

Do you take HarmonyOs to be your OS?

Since 2019, Huawei has been investing a lot of money into its app ecosystem and has taken efforts to attract developers to build user-friendly, innovative, and advanced apps that could rival what Android has to offer.

The company launched two versions of the Mate version (Mate 40 and Mate 30) and the P40 range, with the new app ecosystem. The devices were reviewed and found to be of high quality.

However, they lack apps that most users are interested in, like Facebook and Netflix. Huawei has not been doing well since it found itself in Washington’s crosshairs. Time will tell whether people are willing to leave Android for HarmonyOS.