In early summer, the Chinese company Huawei announced HarmonyOS 2, its own operating system designed as an alternative to Android. The launch of HarmonyOS 2 has been enthusiastically received by users, which is driving it to record adoption rates.
By June 9, just a week after the launch of HarmonyOS 2, it had over 10 million active users. A week later, their number almost doubled and exceeded the mark of 18 million. A month after its launch, HarmonyOS 2 had over 25 million users, and by the end of July this figure exceeded 40 million. By early August, less than two months after the release of HarmonyOS 2, more than 50 million users had switched to Huawei’s proprietary operating system. And now, by the end of the month, the firmware has over 70 million users. And there is no doubt that by the end of 2021, the user audience of HarmonyOS 2 will surpass 100 million. This is not surprising, given that this is the largest system update in the entire history of Huawei.
According to a top manager of Huawei, on average, 9 users are updated to HarmonyOS every second. To date, the operating system is available for almost 100 device models, including smartphones, tablets and smart screens, and not only Huawei, but also Honor, a former subsidiary of the Chinese giant that split into an independent brand at the end of last year. Some of these devices have already received the official stable release, while others are content with the internal beta for now. It should be noted that for now, HarmonyOS is only available to Chinese users.
Recall that Huawei is positioning HarmonyOS 2 as a universal open cross-platform operating system designed for a huge number of devices — from smartphones, tablets and smartwatches to smart home devices and cars. Huawei has opened up access to its OS to other manufacturers. Among the first to take an interest in HarmonyOS was Midea, the largest home appliance manufacturer in China. The brand has already released its first refrigerator running the Huawei operating system.