HarmonyOS Vs EMUI 11: How They Are Different

Huawei has long been pushing the idea of creating its own operating system, which could replace Android and become even more universal. If all goes well, its own development should be installed on smartphones, watches, TVs, car systems, and the like. Except that on the way to becoming a new product, the company faced problems that were not easy to overcome. In this article, we compared HarmonyOS and EMUI 11 operating systems, know how they are different, features, and which is better among them.

There were also enough scandals like the fact that HarmonyOS is based on Android. Now its mass distribution phase is closer than ever and many are wondering how it differs from the standard EMUI, which the company has been releasing for years. This question is being asked more and more, and here is the answer.

Huawei’s new operating system

HarmonyOS 2.0, the new version of Huawei’s operating system, was officially unveiled last September. Now it is almost ready for mass launch and we were able to see the first video that clearly and lucidly showed us how it is different (or not) from what we had before. We were shown the interface of the new operating system compared to Huawei’s current EMUI 11 user interface.

It was already mentioned a few months ago that it would be 2021 when Huawei’s first phones would use HarmonyOS as their operating system. Now we know when we can expect it to appear on the brand’s phones.

When HarmonyOS will be released

Wang Chenglu, president of the software division and director of Huawei’s artificial intelligence division, has confirmed the launch date for the new product. There is no exact date, but it was said that it will happen in early June this year.

While we already have dates, it’s not yet possible to say which smartphones will be able to get HarmonyOS installed on them. Although, it has even been able to be launched on a Xiaomi phone. But there’s no doubt that the latest additions, like the Huawei Mate X2, will be among the first devices ready to install HarmonyOS. Those smartphones running EMUI 11 are also likely to get the update.

Which phones will be able to install HarmonyOS

Huawei plans to migrate all of its phones to the new operating system by the end of the year. Of course, we’re talking about current smartphones that are still receiving updates. Interestingly, this list should also include Honor smartphones that were released before Huawei sold the brand and it became an independent company. This amount of work cannot be done all at once, so the company will be releasing the updates in stages. At the same time, it will be much easier to promptly fix bugs that are simply unavoidable after the end of the closed testing phase.

Speaking specifically about the differences, you can notice from the published video that the new operating system is smoother compared to EMUI 11, which all new Huawei smartphones run on. But so far, it’s not as fast as we’d like it to be. That’s probably the main difference between the two. The problem is that when the OS is released to the masses, it may encounter many difficulties, and it won’t work as well as we see it now. But that’s why the OS will be rolled out in stages.

Is HarmonyOS worth installing

However, the public beta testing of the new version of HarmonyOS 2.0 is already underway, which means that some of the “childish ills” can be cured at this stage. This is reported by Sparrow News, which refers to posts by some popular Chinese bloggers on the Weibo platform. The latter point out that various devices from the manufacturer have already started receiving a new version of the firmware. Also, as per the report from, we find that HarmonyOS is much faster as compared to iOS, and in many aspects it is better than Android.

The size of the HarmonyOS 2.0 operating system updates ranges from 2.87GB to 6.20GB and depends on the model. Reportedly, the beta testing will increase in the summer and the company plans to expand the sample of users who will be able to download the update.

While it’s very exciting and appealing, being one of the first to try a system that promises to become a ‘third force’ in a world divided between Android and iOS is not something I’d recommend. If you face the choice between trying the new product or waiting for more experienced users to test it, think twice. There will be a lot of mistakes, and you are unlikely to get any benefits. It’s unlikely you’ll brick the phone, but it won’t work any better either. In the meantime, tell us what you think of the new operating system in our Telegram chat.

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