We anticipated to see HarmonyOS 2 in new Huawei devices when it was announced as the company’s new gadget operating system to compete with Android or iOS, so it came as a surprise when older handsets were permitted to upgrade. But there’s a larger surprise on the way.
The HarmonyOS 2 compatibility list has now been updated to include a number of Honor smartphones (full list on RealmiCentral). Some of these phones were previously only able to download the beta version of the operating system, but now they can use the complete version.
These phones include the Honor 20 series and Honor View 20, both of which run Android because they were released before Huawei’s restriction and before HarmonyOS was announced.
All of the smartphones were made before Huawei bought Honor, so it’s not entirely surprising that they can now run HarmonyOS, but we still think Honor wouldn’t want its heritage devices associated with its former parent firm.
It’s unclear whether users who own an eligible Honor phone will be able to update right immediately, or if HarmonyOS 2 will be rolled out in stages; recent reports of people receiving the upgrade come from China, which is likely to be the first country to do so.