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Huawei set to skip Android altogether

Huawei has completed the testing period of running HarmonyOS and is moving to Beta 3. The P50 will be the first phone to come with HarmonyOS pre-installed, skipping Android entirely.

There will be a mass migration to HarmonyOS starting in April, with high-end Huawei phones leading the way. Harmony could power some 300-400 million devices by the end of the year. Huawei is also expanding its Petal line of alternative services. The list includes Petal Search, Petal Maps and Docs, Petal Assistant, a Petal keyboard and Petal Vision.

These moves are a major step to building Huawei’s ecosystem since they can no longer have access to Google Mobile Services (GMS). The company made huge investments in core components, as well as added titles to their AppGallery, long available to Chinese users who did not have access to the Google Play.