Huawei will launch HarmonyOS 2.0 tomorrow, afterwards select devices will get the option to install the new platform, replacing the current EMUI-on-Android setup. This may happen sooner than expected – the My Huawei app now has a page where you can register for early access to the new OS.
It looks like this option is available only in China, but that may expand to other regions tomorrow. You can check the Update screen of the app, there should be a button to become an early adopter.
Clearly, Huawei wants to do a slow rollout at first to check if there are any show-stopping issues before the wide-scale release. We expect more details on the update schedule to be announced at the event tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Huawei managed to clear a legal hurdle – Hongmeng, the Chinese name of HarmonyOS, was a trademark of Huizhou Qibei Technology, so the Chinese State Intellectual Property Authority (CSIPA) refused Huawei’s trademark application.
It seems that Huawei and Huizhou have come to an agreement and the trademark has now been transferred, so the launch can go ahead. And in the nick of time too.