Not everyone will know this, but Huawei started working on HarmonyOS in 2016, before the famous US veto. Although, the truth is that after hearing the sanction, the development and fine-tuning of its own operating system was accelerated. It wasn’t until August 9, 2019 that the manufacturer finally officially presented its new system to us. Although, we couldn’t see it in action on a mobile device.
Sometime later, we already know how it is finally and what functions it will bring with it for Huawei terminals. Leaving aside that, in design, it is nailed to EMUI such and has a bit of resemblance to iOS. Now, what is really important is to know how to install it on our devices. Therefore, we will explain to you step by step how you should carry out this process in order to enjoy HarmonyOS 2.0 as soon as possible.
HarmonyOS 2.0 Features
One of the main ideas of the Asian brand with HarmonyOS is the fact of being able to access everything from any device. Basically, it is because they ensure that with this operating system it will allow its different devices to connect to form a “Super device“, since it will come to function as a file system, with the aim of bridging the current gap that exists in connectivity between different devices.
Although it is not the only change we found. On the home screen, we can have the option of holding down an application to show us the main information about it. As well as other options such as the possibility of configuring a screen with different functions, either for user entertainment or another for productivity.
In addition, devices that have this system will enjoy an even longer battery life. Also, it will let us customize the size of the service widgets, touch the applications and slide your finger up to see the corresponding widgets. We can even touch any empty space on the home screen to hide them.
And not only this, but from the control panel we can have quick access to all the devices in the ecosystem, such as surveillance cameras, fans, light bulbs, among others. As well as the possibility of managing them with just a couple of taps. Another curious option is that, when putting two apps in a folder, the operating system will propose other related apps that we can put in that same folder to keep everything in order. In addition, we can turn that folder into a large widget so that we can better see what applications are inside.
Try it before with its official emulator
Before starting with the explanation, you can also avoid having to install this system on your terminal if you use the official emulator of the Asian firm that allows us to test the new version of HarmonyOS for an hour. To do this, we must install DevEco Studio, an emulator that is available globally on our computer. The downside is that you need a verified developer account.
In the case of having one, we will only have DevEco Studio on our computer from its official website. In addition, it will not be necessary to have an account and the best of all is that it is available for Windows 10 and for macOS 10.14 or higher. Although, the minimum requirements are the same in both cases: 8 GB of RAM and more than 100 GB of storage. And its installation will not have any kind of mystery. You will only need to click next until you complete all the steps that they ask us to do. We recommend that you set the default settings, although you can always make the adjustments that you think are convenient.
After this, it will be time to choose the virtual device that we want to use with this new version of the Asian manufacturer’s system. To do this, we must open it and create or open a project to see the main interface of this tool: Tools> Device Manager Menu. In addition, the HarmonyOS emulator from DevEco Studio is remote, so the first step is to log in with our verified Huawei account, clicking on Login.
If everything has gone well and after granting permission to this tool, you will have to return to DevEco Studio. Afterwards, it will show us a list of virtual devices that we can test. To start using it, we will have to hold down the play button next to the one we want. And although this system is in English, we can change it to Spanish from the settings. In this way, we will test whether or not it is really worth switching from EMUI to HarmonyOS.
How to install it step by step on your mobile
In addition, it is important to know that in order to have this new version of the Huawei system, the steps will be somewhat complicated. So if you finally decide to try this method, you do so at your own risk. And, therefore, it will be necessary to act with caution and with knowledge of the facts, that is, we are not responsible for what may happen to your Huawei terminal. Although, these steps that we are going to show you are directly those established by the Chinese firm itself to switch to its new operating system, so everything should be fine.
The first thing to take into account before starting with the change from EMUI to HarmonyOS, will be the simple fact of checking that we have an app called My Huawei installed on our mobile device. Although, it is only available for mobiles that access the China server. Therefore, two options will have to be chosen. The first will be to change the region of our mobile device to be able to access the AppGallery store and download the app. Or, on the contrary, resort to an APK. In addition, it will be important to know which mobile devices are compatible with the public beta that the Asian brand has launched.
Once downloaded, this app will have to be opened, it will ask us to choose a region, so it will be very important to select China. The main problem is that everything will appear in your language. Although, if you have an Android mobile that has the Google translator with the option to translate through its camera, there will be no problem.
When we are inside, a window will appear with the name of HarmonyOS that will give us two options. The one that interests us is the one on the left since the one that will give us access to the beta. Then, they will show us the different mobiles or devices that are compatible for the change to this new Huawei software system. If we click on the option that corresponds to our terminal, it will show us information in which we will have to search if the model number is compatible or not. Also, it will be something more or less easy to identify, since they will be displayed in a table.
To know which model number our Huawei is, we will have to go to Settings> about the phone and within this section we will see exactly what model it is. After checking it, if it corresponds to the models set by the company, you will have to click on the blue button that will appear at the bottom that will bring us the conditions of use of the software. By accepting them, it will take us to a last page that will re-mark if the terminal is compatible and how the update will work. After pressing the switch that appears at the bottom again, a pop-up window will open that offers us two options: Ignore or Download.
Once it has been installed, we will have one last step, which will be to access settings and enter System and updates, where it will show us the possibility of downloading and installing HarmonyOS 2.0. In addition, it advises us that the update package will be removed automatically once the installation is complete.
When will it be available in Spain?
For now we do not have an arrival date for HarmonyOS to mobile phones in Spain, although everything indicates that it will do so this same 2021 coinciding with the launch of the stable version. And as we mentioned, this new version of Huawei’s system is only available in its beta version in China, but if everything follows the plan established during next summer it will leave that state and will be available to the rest of the world. In addition, it will be an important step for the Chinese firm, as it could be the time to say goodbye to EMUI forever.