Huawei’s phones right now are kind of split. You have the older devices that run Android and have Google Play Services, but then you have the weird transitional devices that have Android but don’t have Google Play Services, and then you have Huawei’s future – phones that run on HarmonyOS.
So what does this mean for the company’s older phones and customers? Will they be forgotten and left by the wayside? We imagine that some might have since moved on to other brands or to newer Huawei devices, but in case you’re still holding onto an older Huawei phone, you might be interested to learn that Huawei has confirmed that a bunch of its older phones will be eventually updated (upgraded?) to HarmonyOS.
The devices that are confirmed to get the update includes:
- Huawei P20
- Huawei Mate 10
- Huawei-P20 Pro
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro
- Huawei nova 5i
- Huawei-Mate 10 Porsche Design
- Huawei nova 4
- Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design
- Huawei-nova 4e
- Honor X10
- Honor 30S
- Honor-X10 Max
- Honor 30 Youth Edition
- Honor Play4
As you can see, some of these devices listed are phones that were from the pre-trade ban era, meaning that they are running Android and have Google services on them. We’re not sure how far into the future Huawei plans on updating these devices since some of them are really old by technology standards, but it’s good that they aren’t forgotten.
The jury is still out on whether or not HarmonyOS has what it takes to compete against Android and to a certain extent, iOS. Huawei does have an advantage over other platforms in the past in which they have built up quite a large following over the years, especially in China, so maybe the Chinese/Asian market alone could be big enough to give Google and Apple pause.