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HarmonyOS 2.0 beta: This is how Huawei’s Android replacement looks

Huawei has started rolling out the HarmonyOS 2.0 beta. This test version is now available for app developers and should eventually replace the Android operating system. It is not yet known when the beta will appear for consumers.

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HarmonyOS 2.0 is coming

Interested developers with a suitable Huawei smartphone can now register for the test program of the new software. HarmonyOS is an operating system for (among others) smartphones and is made by Huawei itself. The video below shows what the platform looks like on a Huawei P40.

The trial version is only available to app developers and other people who work with Huawei smartphones in a professional manner. In addition, the beta is only available on a handful of devices, including the Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro and Huawei Mate 30.

Curious developers can sign up via the Huawei website. You will then be admitted (or not) to the test program and you can download the beta. Note: this is a test version that may be unstable. It is therefore not advisable to use HarmonyOS 2.0 on a phone that you use every day.

At first glance, HarmonyOS 2.0 looks the same as EMUI 11, the ‘shell’ that Huawei is currently laying over its Android phones. The design, structure and app icons are virtually identical. The company has not disclosed when the trial version will roll out for consumers.

About HarmonyOS

HarmonyOS is Huawei’s new ecosystem. The operating system is currently running on various devices from the Chinese manufacturer, including smart TVs. The intention is that the platform will also become more widely available on its smartphones in the coming years. Ultimately, HarmonyOS will replace Android, the current operating system of Huawei phones.

The company has been in conflict with the American government for some time and is therefore not allowed to do business with Google, the owner of Android. Therefore, the company has worked hard in recent years on HarmonyOS in order to be less dependent.

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