Moto G8 Play Specifications Leaked, Tipped to Feature MediaTek SoC, HD+ Screen, 4,000mAh Battery

Moto G8 lineup is expected to be announced in the next few months.

It has been just over six months since Motorola unveiled its Moto G7 lineup of smartphones and we are already hearing about Moto G8 series. First the alleged pictures of a phone believed to be Moto G8 popped up on the Internet, and now we have the purported details of the Moto G8 Play. According to an online report, the Moto G8 Play will come with features like a MediaTek SoC, HD+ screen, and a 4,000mAh battery.

The XDA Developers Portal writes that it expects the Moto G8 lineup to be introduced in just a few months. The lineup is likely to include four phones, like its predecessor – Moto G8, Moto G8 Plus, Moto G8 Power, and Moto G8 Play. The publication has got hold of the key specifications of the Play model of the Moto G8 series via an unnamed source.

The Moto G8 Play will reportedly be launched with the model numbers – XT2015-2, XT2016-1, or XT2016-2 – depending on the market. The phone is said to feature an HD+ (720×1520 pixels) screen of unknown size and a MediaTek SoC (could be either Helio P70 or Helio P60).

Additionally, the phone is said to pack 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage, and a rear fingerprint sensor. NFC and dual-SIM will also be available, depending on the market.

One of the Moto G8 Play version recently surfaced in an FCC listing as well and the same has revealed the presence of a 4,000mAh battery as well as 157.6mm x 75.4mm dimensions.

Lastly, XDA Developers Portal notes that there will two colour options for the phone – Iron and Cosmo – and it will be offered in Asia-Pacific markets, Brazil, Europe, and Latin America.

Meanwhile, known tipster Evan Blass had recently shared two pictures of an unannounced Motorola smartphone on Twitter, and it is believed that the phone in the photos may be the upcoming Moto G8.

Vivo Nex 3 5G to Launch in September, Video Teaser Tips Design

Vivo has taken to Weibo to announce the Vivo Nex 3 5G launch will be held in September.

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo has confirmed that its upcoming smartphone Nex 3 5G would be launched in China in September. Considering the phone is expected to be a flagship, it would likely arrive with the Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem, a report claimed.

Vivo has taken to Weibo to announce the Vivo Nex₹ 29,999 3 5G launch date, as noted in a report by GSMArena reported on Monday. While the teaser just says September, the publication notes that Vivo product manager Li Xiang in a comment received a reply from the official Nex account, saying September 1.

Separately, GSMArena reports of a video teaser of the smartphone doing the rounds, showing a triple rear camera setup, a pop-up mechanism for the dual selfie camera, and a ‘huge screen.’

In terms of specifications, the Vivo Nex 3 5G is expected to feature a 64-megapixel primary camera sensor on the back in a triple camera setup. This is the same sensor that would be used in the Redmi Note 8 Pro that is all set to launch soon. In addition, the Vivo Nex 3 5G is also expected to come with 44W fast charging support.

The company has also reportedly confirmed that the NEX 3 would have a Waterfall display and also a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Recently, Vivo sub-brand iQoo launched Vivo iQoo Pro, and Vivo iQoo Pro 5G Edition smartphones bearing Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, triple rear camera setup in China.

Oppo Reno 2 Video Teasers Reveal Colour Options, More Details Ahead of Launch

Oppo Reno 2 will be offered in Ocean Heart and Misty Powder colour options.

As we approach Oppo Reno 2 launch date – August 28 – the official teasers have started cropping up on Weibo. A series of video teasers have been posted on Oppo’s official page teasing the arrival of the Oppo Reno 2 phone. The teasers reveal the colour options of the phone and also confirm that noise cancelling headphones will be launched alongside. The phone is set to arrive in China on September 10, and ahead of that the company has even shared the key specifications of the phone.

The company’s official Weibo page has listed a host of teaser videos of the phone. Most of these teasers don’t reveal much except for just hinting the arrival of the phone. However, some of them do reveal key information. For instance, one teaser confirms that the Oppo Reno 2 will be made available in Ocean Heart and Misty Powder colour options.

There’s another teaser that suggests that the noise cancelling headphones will be unveiled alongside the Oppo Reno 2 phone. The teasers also confirm the launch of the Oppo Reno 2 in China. It suggests that the phone will launch in China on September 10, which is more than a week after its launch in India on August 28.

Oppo Reno 2 specifications

The Oppo Reno 2 is confirmed to sport a 6.55-inch AMOLED Panoramic notch-less display with 20:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 6 protection, and 93.1 percent screen to body ratio. It will be powered by the Snapdragon 730G octa-core SoC, with 8GB RAM, and 256GB internal storage. It packs a 4,000mAh battery with VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 support. It supports a USB Type-C port for connectivity, and also integrates Game Boost 3.0, Game Assistant, and HDR10 gaming support for better game play experience.

A recently leaked TENAA listing suggests that the Reno 2 will run on Android Pie, have microSD card support for storage expansion, and the quad rear camera setup may include a 48-megapixel primary sensor, 13-megapixel secondary sensor, 8-megapixel tertiary sensor, and a 2-megapixel quaternary sensor. The TENAA listing also suggests that there is a 16-megapixel selfie camera, the dimensions measure at 160×74.3×9.5mm and the phone weighs 189 grams.

Oppo Reno 2 Full Specifications

General

Brand Oppo
Model Reno 2
Release date 28th August 2019 (expected)
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 160.00 x 74.30 x 9.50
Weight (g) 189.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 4000
Fast charging VOOC
Colours Ocean Heart, Misty Powder

Display

Screen size (inches) 6.55
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×2400 pixels
Protection type Gorilla Glass

Hardware

Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
RAM 8GB
Internal storage 256GB
Expandable storage Yes

Camera

Rear camera 48-megapixel + 13-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 2-megapixel
Rear autofocus Phase detection autofocus
Front camera 16-megapixel

Software

Operating system Android 9.0 Pie

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
USB Type-C Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
SIM 2
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes

Sensors

Fingerprint sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes

Vivo V17 Pro Launching in India Soon, Bigg Boss Season 13 Trailer Reveals

The trailer also gives us a glimpse of the phone’s white variant.

Vivo is gearing up to launch a new phone in the camera-centric V-series that will succeed the Vivo V15 Pro₹ 23,990 and will be known as the Vivo V17 Pro. A new promo for hit Indian reality TV show, Bigg Boss, suggests that the Vivo V17 Pro will be the official sponsor of show’s season 13 that is set to air next month. In the trailer, we are also given a glimpse of a phone with a white rear panel, which might well be the Vivo V17 Pro.

The official Bigg Boss Season 13 teaser depicts the show’s host Salman Khan holding a phone with a white rear panel with a subtle gradient effect. While the trailer doesn’t show the full device itself, the voiceover at the end of the video clearly says “Vivo V17 Pro presents Bigg Boss 13”. As of now, Vivo is yet to drop an official trailer or teaser for the Vivo V17 Pro, but since the next season of Big Boss is set to go live in September, we expect an official announcement before the show’s new season.

The Vivo V17 Pro will succeed the Vivo V15 Pro, and if its predecessor is anything to go by, the upcoming Vivo V-series phone will focus on photography and might pack a pop-up selfie camera. The Vivo V15 Pro was among the first phones in its segment to pack features like a pop-up selfie camera, triple rear cameras, AMOLED display, and an in-display fingerprint sensor, which suggests the V17 Pro might retain or upgrade upon these amenities. As far as pricing goes, we expect the Vivo V17 Pro to be priced somewhere around the Rs. 30,000 mark

As per a 91Mobiles report, the Vivo V17 Pro will sport a pop-up camera module that will house not one, but two selfie cameras. Additionally, the phone will also upgrade the rear camera hardware of its predecessor and is tipped to sport a quad rear camera setup. One of the sensors is rumoured to offer zooming capabilities akin to the one we’ve seen on the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition. As far as market availability goes, the Vivo V17 Pro is tipped to hit the shelves just in time for the Diwali festive season.

Redmi Note 8 Latest Teasers Confirm Snapdragon 665 SoC, Quad Rear Cameras With 48-Megapixel Main Sensor

Redmi Note 8 is confirmed to sport a 48-megapixel main sensor, a super wide-angle sensor, depth of field sensor, and a super macro lens as well.

Redmi Note 8 details have now surfaced online. New teasers on the company’s official Weibo page suggests that the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 665 processor, a step above the Snapdragon 660 SoC found on the Redmi Note 7S. Furthermore, Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing shared camera samples of the Redmi Note 8, while also confirming that the phone will sport a quad camera setup as well, just like Redmi Note 8 Pro, but it will be equipped with a 48-megaixel main sensor.

Xiaomi’s Redmi took to Weibo to announce that the Redmi Note 8 will also come with a quad rear camera setup aligned vertically and a dual-LED flash sitting beside the cameras. The post suggests that the phone will sport a 48-megapixel main sensor, a super wide-angle sensor, depth of field sensor, and a super macro lens as well.

Weibing has also shared camera samples on his Weibo account showing off the camera capabilities of the Redmi Note 8. Looking at the pictures, the Redmi Note 8 looks to be able to take good quality night shots with no loss of detail. Weibing also confirms that the Redmi Note 8 series will be equipped with a Super Night Scene Mode that will help users take superior low-light photos.

 

Redmi Note 8 Camera Samples

 

Redmi Note 8 Camera Samples
Lastly, the Redmi Weibo account also confirms that the Redmi Note 8 will be powered by the Snapdragon 665 SoC paired with Adreno 610 GPU, a third-generation AIE artificial intelligence engine with Hexagon 686 DSP, and the Hexagon Vector Extension (HVX).

The Redmi Note 8 series is all set to launch on August 29. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is confirmed to sport a 64-megapixel rear sensor, a Helio G90T processor, and a large 4,500mAh battery.

General

Brand Xiaomi
Model Redmi Note 8
Launched in India No
Form factor Touchscreen
Display
Touchscreen Yes
Hardware
Processor octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 665

Camera

Rear camera 64-megapixel
Rear autofocus Yes
Rear flash Yes
Front camera Yes
Software
Operating system Android 9 Pie

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes

Sensors

Face unlock Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes

Nokia 9 PureView, Nokia 8.1, Nokia 7.1 to Get Android 10 in Q4 2019: HMD Global

Nokia 6.1, Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 7 Plus, and other models are set to receive Android 10 in Q1 2020.

Android 10, the next iteration of Google’s mobile platform, is set to reach Nokia smartphones starting the fourth quarter of this year, Nokia brand licensee HMD Global has announced. The formal announcement came just after Google revealed Android Q will be called Android 10. The Finnish company has a strong record of delivering the latest Android experience to its smartphones. The list of Nokia phones that would receive Android 10 soon after its formal release later this year includes the Nokia 7.1₹ 12,990, Nokia 8.1₹ 19,376, and Nokia 9 PureView.

According to the roadmap that HMD Global has shared with the media and posted by its Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas on Twitter, the Nokia 7.1, Nokia 8.1, and Nokia 9 PureView will receive the Android 10 update in the fourth quarter of this year.

After the first three smartphones, HMD Global will roll out Android 10 to the Nokia 6.1₹ 9,719, Nokia 6.1 Plus₹ 10,999, Nokia 7 Plus sometime at the beginning of the first quarter of 2020. The update will also reach the Nokia 2.2, Nokia 3.1 Plus, Nokia 3.2, and Nokia 4.2 later in the first quarter. After that, it will be rolled out to the Nokia 1 Plus, Nokia 5.1 Plus₹ 9,780, and Nokia 8 Sirocco.

The roadmap also includes the Nokia 2.1₹ 4,899Nokia 3.1₹ 5,999, Nokia 5.1₹ 8,249, and Nokia 1 that all four will get Android 10 in the second quarter of 2020.

While HMD Global has included all the recent Nokia phones for the Android 10 rollout, it didn’t consider dated models, including the once flagship — Nokia 8₹ 19,999, which was recently promised to receive quarterly security updates.

“We were the fastest manufacturer to upgrade from Android Oreo to Android Pie across the range,” said Sarvikas in a statement. “And with today’s rollout plan we look set to do it even faster for Android Pie to Android 10 upgrades. We are the only manufacturer 100 percent committed to having the latest Android across the entire portfolio.”

LG K50S, K40S With Octa-Core SoCs, Dedicated Google Assistant Button Launched: Specifications, Features

LG K50S and K40S were launched on Thursday as the new K-series phones by the South Korean company. Both handsets will be showcased at IFA 2019 in Berlin, Germany next month. While the LG K50S will debut with a triple rear camera setup, the LG K40S will have a dual rear camera setup. Both LG phones come with a build that is claimed to be based on MIL-STD-810G standard. LG has also provided DTS:X 3D Surround Sound on the smartphones. The LG K50S and K40S both come with a dedicated Google Assistant button.

The LG K50S and K40S will be available in Europe, Latin America, and Asia starting this October. The phones will be available in New Aurora Black and New Moroccan Blue colour options. However, LG is yet to reveal their prices.

LG is set to project the K50S and K40S as the upgrades to its K50 and K40 smartphones that were launched at MWC 2019 back in February.

LG K50S specifications, features

The LG K50S runs Android 9 Pie and features a 6.5-inch HD+ FullVision Display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, the handset is powered by an octa-core SoC that is clocked at 2GHz, coupled with 3GB of RAM.

For photos and videos, the LG K50S sports the triple rear camera setup that houses a 13-megapixel primary sensor with a PDAF lens, 5-megapixel secondary sensor with a Super Wide-Angle lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The rear camera setup is backed by LG’s AI Cam features. There is also a 13-megapixel selfie camera.

The LG K50S has 32GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). Connectivity options on the smartphone include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS/ A-GPS. The smartphone also has a fingerprint sensor at the back. Besides, it packs a 4,000mAh battery and measures 165.8×77.5×8.2mm.

LG K40S specifications, features

Just like the K50S, the LG K40S also runs Android 9 Pie but has a 6.1-inch HD+ FullVision Display panel with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by the 2GHz octa-core SoC, paired with 2GB and 3GB RAM options.

In terms of optics, the LG K40S has the dual rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor with a PDAF lens and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with a super wide-angle lens. The smartphone also has a 13-megapixel selfie camera at the front.

The LG K40S has 32GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). It has 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS/ A-GPS on the part of connectivity options. Lastly, the phone packs a 3,500mAh battery and measures 156.3×73.9×8.6mm.

KEY SPECS

Display : 6.50-inch
Processor : 2GHz octa-core
Front Camera : 13-megapixel
Rear Camera : 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel + 2-megapixel
RAM : 3GB
Storage : 32GB
Battery Capacity : 4000mAh
OS : Android 9 Pie
Resolution : 720×1560 pixels

Mi A3 Price in India Spotted on Amazon Ahead of Tomorrow’s Launch

Mi A3 price in India would start at Rs. 14,998.

Mi A3 price in India has been revealed just ahead of its formal launch. The price has been spotted by a Twitter user on Amazon.in, which is going to be one of the official sales channels for the new Mi-series smartphone. Last week, Xiaomi sent media invites for the Mi A3 launch in India that is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21. The company also started teasing the debut through its social media accounts. As a successor to the Mi A2₹ 9,998, the Mi A3 sports an all-new gradient finish and sports a triple rear camera setup. The Mi A3 also retains Google’s Android One branding that promises speedier Android updates along with the stock experience that’s generally available on Pixel devices.

Twitter user Junky tech on Monday reported an Amazon listing that revealed the prices of the Mi A3. The listing, which wasn’t showing the upcoming smartphone at the time of filing this story, was captured by the tipster. It apparently included all the RAM and storage variants of the smartphone alongside its three distinct colour options, namely Not Just Blue, More Than White, and Kind of Grey.

Mi A3 price in India (rumoured)

As per the tipped listing, the Mi A3 price in India will start at Rs. 14,998 for the base 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, while its 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option will carry a price tag of Rs. 17,498.

The listed prices are similar to those of the Realme X and Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note 7 Pro₹ 14,179, after the most recent price cut. However, there are significant differences from what was announced in Spain last month.

Xiaomi offers the Mi A3 in Spain with a price tag of EUR 249 (roughly Rs. 19,800) for the 64GB storage variant, whereas its 128GB storage model is available at EUR 279 (roughly 22,100).

To recall, the Mi A2 — the predecessor of the Mi A3 — was launched in India back in August last year with a starting price of Rs. 16,999. However, it is currently available at Rs. 11,999 for the base 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option, while its 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 15,999.

Xiaomi hasn’t yet confirmed the India prices of the Mi A3 formally. However, it has scheduled its launch in the country for August 21, where we can expect the price announcement alongside its India-specific launch offers.

Mi A3 specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Mi A3 runs Android 9 Pie and flaunts a 6.08-inch HD+ (720×1560 pixels) AMOLED display along with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a water drop-style notch. Under the hood, the handset has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the Mi A3 sports the triple rear camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.79 lens, 8-megapixel secondary sensor with a 118-degree wide-angle f/1.79 lens, and a 2-megapixel tertiary sensor for depth sensing. There is also a 32-megapixel selfie camera along with an f/2.0 lens.

The Mi A3 has 64GB and 128GB of internal storage options that both are expandable via microSD card. Connectivity options on the phone include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is also an in-display fingerprint sensor. Lastly, the phone includes a 4,030mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.

KEY SPECS

Display : 6.08-inch
Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
Front Camera : 32-megapixel
Rear Camera : 48-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 2-megapixel
RAM : 4GB
Storage : 64GB
Battery Capacity : 4030mAh
OS : Android 9.0
Resolution : 720×1560 pixels

Realme 5, Realme 5 Pro Price in India, Specifications, and More: Everything We Know So Far

Both the upcoming Realme phones will sport a wide-angle and a dedicated macro lens.

Realme is really kicking it in 2019. From being the first company to actually showcase a phone with a 64-megapixel rear camera to confirming a quad camera phone for less than Rs. 10,000, Realme is intent on solidifying its position in the budget segment. The company’s upcoming phones – Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro – have generated a lot of buzz and will be unveiled at an event in India on August 20. But before the Realme 5 series makes its debut, here’s a rundown of what we know so far about the specifications, features, and pricing of the two upcoming phones that aim to rattle Xiaomi’s dominance in the Indian smartphone market.

Realme 5 series launch date, price in India (expected)

The Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro have officially been confirmed to launch at an event on August 20, where the company is also expected to debut the upgraded version of the Realme Buds, tentatively called the Realme Buds 2. As for the price, Realme CEO Madhav Sheth recently revealed that the Realme 5 will be priced below Rs. 10,000 in India, making it the first phone in that price segment to pack quad rear cameras.

As for the Realme 5 Pro, there is no word on its expected asking price, neither from an official source, nor from leaks. Coming to market availability, Flipkart will be among the online platforms where the Realme 5 series phones will be up for grabs, alongside the official Realme website and authorised retail outlets.

Realme 5, Realme 5 Pro specifications

Starting with the Realme 5 Pro, the phone will sport a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor, as is clearly evident by the microsite on Flipkart. The phone’s imaging hardware will include a 119-degree wide angle lens, a 4cm focus Super Macro Lens, and a depth sensor for portrait images. Coming to the Realme 5, it will reportedly feature a 16-megapixel primary sensor, but the rest of three rear cameras will reportedly be identical to its pro sibling.

As far as the design goes, the teaser images indicate that the four camera sensors will be housed in a vertically oriented module at the top left corner of the rear panel. The marketing image also clearly shows a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which rules out an in-display fingerprint sensor on either of the two phones.

The Realme 5 is confirmed to pack a 5,000mAh battery, while the Realme 5 Pro will come with support for VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 technology, which is claimed to charge 55 percent of the battery in just 30 minutes. There is no word on the battery capacity of the Realme 5 Pro at the moment though.

Talking about the internal hardware, the Realme 5 Pro was recently spotted on Geekbench with the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC paired with 8GB of RAM. However, some rumours suggest that the phone might be powered by the Snapdragon 712 SoC. The company might also launch lower-end variants of the phone packing 6GB of RAM and a variable amount of internal storage.

As for the Realme 5, a recent Geekbench sighting indicates that it will draw power from the Snapdragon 665 SoC ticking alongside 4GB of RAM. If that turns out to be true, the Realme 5 will go against the Xiaomi Mi A3, which is powered by the same octa-core Qualcomm processor. It is currently not known how much internal storage the two Realme 5-series phones will offer and whether it would be expandable or not.

KEY SPECS
Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
Front Camera : Yes
Rear Camera : 48-megapixel
OS : Android 9 Pie

Huawei’s new operating system, HarmonyOS, is official, ready to beat Android if necessary

HarmonyOS, Huawei’s new cross-device operating system, has been announced by its CEO, Richard Yu at HDC 2019, the company’s Developer Conference in Dongguan, China.

Clearly a thinly-veiled response to political events over the last year, the message is clear – if Huawei needs to ditch Android, down the line, it can.

For the time being though, this is a smart device operating system leading the charge alongside other unified operating systems such as Google’s Fuscia.

HarmonyOS (previously codenamed HongMeng) is a platform designed for a variety of devices, and is currently aimed at IoT devices such as smart displays or smart home equipment.

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Given the political situation between the US and China and the impact it’s had on Huawei’s access to Android over the last year, it’s little wonder that the brand is presenting a defiant, confident stance.

At the same time, Yu refrained from committing to any switches from Android just yet.

Huawei claims that with the rise of the IoT device, a more efficient operating system is needed. With these IoT devices packing less memory and storage than smartphones, they need significantly more streamlined code, and for 100 lines of Android code, you could just have one line of HarmonyOS code.

Despite this, HarmonyOS is still able to deliver powerful functionality across devices.

By taking a ‘single kernel across devices approach’, Huawei also aims to create a shared ecosystem, break through silos and in turn save developers time. One app can be deployed across a car head unit, smartwatch, fitness tracker and speaker, working perfectly.

Remember Windows Phone?

We’ve seen something similar before, most notably on Windows Phone, which had a shared Kernel with Windows 10. While that wasn’t a hit, Huawei’s could have a silver bullet in its gun – Android compatibility.

HarmonyOS will start life as a TV OS – Huawei Vision, with Richard Yu confirming that it would be featuring on an Honor announcement on day two of the developer conference – likely Honor TV.

This will create opportunities for seamless casting and fluid across devices, so a user could be on a video call on their phone, cast it to a TV in the kitchen, then continue it in the living room. After that, they could take a phone call, moving from room to room, with the call following them around jumping from one smart speaker to another.

HarmonyOS will also feature on watches, speakers and car head units down the line, but isn’t limited to these device categories. What’s more, it’s open-source, with Huawei releasing promises for plenty of developer support down the line.

HarmonyOS will also be an open-source platform, so developers will be able to provide apps for the platform and other manufacturers of smartphones may even choose to use the operating system.

As for smartphones getting Harmony OS, Yu was clear Huawei’s current stance: “When can we put it on our smartphones? We can do it any time, but for the Google partnership, and efficiency, the priority will be for Google Android OS … If we cannot use it in the future, we can switch from Android’

He clarified that the switch would be “quick and easy”, putting forward fighting words while clearly safeguarding his company’s partnership with Google, for the time being at least.