First HarmonyOS 2 beta update arrives for Huawei P30, Nova 5, Mate X and more

The new HarmonyOS 2.0 is now coming to more Huawei devices as the company expands the beta update. After the announcement of the new HM OS, Huawei started beta testing with its topmost devices. And gradually after the registration, the beta updates are up for those eligible Huawei phones and tablets.

According to the latest information, the HarmonyOS 2 first closed beta is now coming to 11 devices including the P30, Nova 5 devices, and MatePad M6 series. The beta program is currently available in China and the company is yet to announce its global HarmonyOS 2.0 plan.

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The new HarmonyOS 2.0 carries some extraordinary capabilities for the Huawei devices and exclusive features such as supermodel which allows users to control a bunch of devices using one super device.

The Chinese OEM will keep testing the HM OS via beta testing until it gets optimized and fully stable. Below you can check all the models getting new beta update along with their software version info.

HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta devices (First Beta):

  • Huawei P30
  • Huawei P30 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
  • Huawei Mate X
  • Huawei Nova 5 Pro
  • Huawei Nova 5
  • Huawei Nova 5i Pro
  • Huawei Nova 5z
  • Huawei MediaPad M6 8.6-inch
  • Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8-inch
  • Huawei MediaPad M6 Turbo Edition

HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta versions for new devices

  • Huawei P30: Previous version – EMUI New version – HarmonyOS
  • Huawei P30 Pro: Previous version – EMUI New version – HarmonyOS
  • Huawei Mate 20 X 5G: Previous version – EMUI New version – HarmonyOS
  • Huawei Mate X: Previous version – EMUI New version – HarmonyOS
  • Huawei Nova 5 Pro: Previous version – EMUI New version – HarmonyOS
  • Huawei Nova 5: Previous version – EMUI New version – HarmonyOS
  • Huawei Nova 5i Pro: Previous version – EMUI New version – HarmonyOS
  • Huawei Nova 5z: Previous version – EMUI New version HarmonyOS
  • Huawei MediaPad M6 8.4-inch: Previous version – EMUI New version – HarmonyOS
  • Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8-inch: Previous version – EMUI New version – HarmonyOS
  • Huawei MediaPad M6 Turbo Edition: Previous version – EMUI New version – HarmonyOS

HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta detailed changelog:

Home-screen: Swiping up on the app icon generates a service widget, which can be resized dragged to a new location, or added to your custom home screen.

Control Panel: Swiping down from the upper-right edge of the screen takes you to Control Panel. Device Control access has been added to the shortcut switches panel so that you can control all of your devices with the same ease as navigating on your phone.

Service Center: If you swipe up from the lower left or lower right corner on the screen, the system will lead to the Service Center. This is the place, where all of your collected service widgets are stored and ready to offer access to your desired services.

Smart Folder: HarmonyOS adds support for app categorization and management. By pressing down on a standard folder displays a large folder, which offers direct access to desired apps.

HarmonyOS Fonts: HarmonyOS brings support for step-free font Weight adjustments and adjusts the size of the font itself.

Smart Office: Under this label, HarmonyOS brings you the capability to transfer files on cross-device platforms without requiring a data cable with the power of Huawei Share, which increases the file transfer speed and provides faster and secure file sharing between Huawei smartphones, computers, and tablets.

Smart Home: Offers nimble, intelligent operations on household appliances, such as quickly accessing the phone’s network from the devices, controlling screenless appliances, installation-free apps, and direct service access, which can be accessed by tapping your phone against the selected household appliance, or bringing your phone into the proximity to the appliance.

Seamless Performance: All operations, including touches and swipes, are smoother and more natural, with images and videos loading more quickly as well.

App Guard: The App Guard mode is enabled by default, to ensure that all apps subject deep scans for malicious behavior, security vulnerabilities, privacy risks, and other related behaviors while being installed.

This prevents risky apps from being installed while helping safeguard the secure running environment of the entire system.

Collaborative Security: Add a mobile – Computer collaborative authentication feature and allows you to unlock your phone by entering the phone’s screen unlock password on your Huawei computer when your phone and computer are connected via multi-screen collaboration.

Certifications: The TEE OS security kernel has obtained the CC EAL5+ certification, indicating the highest security level for a global commercial operating system kernel. The HarmonyOS operating system has obtained CC EAL4+ security certification, China’s highest security certification.

Things to remember before upgrading to HarmonyOS 2.0:

  1. Users are compulsory to download and upgrade to the required EMUI version to receive the beta push.
  2. During the closed beta test, users are suggested to enable the user experience improvement plan (path: Settings-System and Update-User Experience Improvement Plan) to facilitate the developers to perform system and application analysis, fault diagnosis, etc., and continue to improve the version quality.
  3. This upgrade will not delete your data, but it is recommended that users take a backup of all of the important data to a PC or the cloud before the update process begins and confirm that the backup content is complete, otherwise it may cause a risk of data loss.
  4. Some third-party apps may not be compatible with HarmonyOS, the app may not work as usual after the update. It is recommended that you try to update the apps on the latest version from AppGallery.
  5. After the upgrade process is completed, the phone may heat up, get cold or perform slow charging. This is caused by the self-optimization and adaptation process performed by the system following the upgrade.
  6. Following the upgrade, rest assured that it will recover by itself after a period of time. It is recommended that you charge for more than 1 hour in your free time. During the charging period, the system will perform optimization to ensure that the mobile application is quickly adapted.
  7. After the update, the home screen may get unorganized, please adjust it manually.
  8. This update procedure requires to vacate at least 10GB of free space for the installation package, which will automatically be deleted after the successful installation.