When Huawei announced its HarmonyOS platform, it was immediately assumed that HarmonyOS would be applied to future phones and tablets. Instead, Huawei suggested that HarmonyOS would be used more for smart home devices like smart TVs, but now it looks like the company is looking to shift development towards phones and tablets.
According to a report from Sina, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei was reportedly quoted as saying that the company’s HarmonyOS (also known as HongMeng) will be applied to Huawei’s phones and tablets in the future. When exactly this will be applied remains to be seen, but it is unlikely that it will be coming to the upcoming Huawei P40 series.
Ren’s comments are also quite a stark contrast to Huawei’s stance back in 2019, where the company stated that HarmonyOS will not be coming to mobile devices anytime soon as it will probably be a while before it can be considered as a viable alternative.
In the meantime, Huawei has been working on alternatives to Google Play Service. Recently, Huawei inked a deal with Dutch navigation and mapping services TomTom where the latter’s services will be used in Huawei apps that require it. It will be interesting to see how well HarmonyOS could act as an alternative to Android, and whether or not customers will be sticking around once those changes are made.