Honor 20, 20 Pro first HarmonyOS 2 beta update replaces Magic UI, brings brand new OS

Huawei is now speeding up the process of the new HarmonyOS rollout expanding this OS to Honor devices. After a bunch of Huawei devices upgraded to the new HarmonyOS, it’s turning for the Honor.

According to the latest info, the Honor 20 series phones are getting their first HarmonyOS 2 beta update replacing the Magic UI. However, the beta testing program is only available for Chinese users and it is soon expected to expand internationally.

Huawei has recently announced 20 Honor smartphones entitled to get the beta in the first batch of the rollout. Meanwhile, there are more Honor devices that will receive beta updates in the coming days. Honor 20 and 20 Pro devices are getting the HarmonyOS beta update with HarmonyOS 2.0 version upgraded from in China.

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Moving on with the beta updates, the Honor device will gradually move towards the stable version. The select Honor 20 series users are currently receiving this beta. Once the beta testing is finished for the Honor 20 series, all the users will be able to install the brand new HM OS software on their devices.

The HarmonyOS 2.0 comes with a bunch of new innovations to make users’ life easy and multitasking. Its new Super Device feature lets users control more than devices using a single super model.

Honor 20 models getting HarmonyOS beta

  • Honor 20 (YAL-AL00)
  • Honor 20 (YAL-TL00)
  • Honor 20 Pro (YAL-AL10)

HarmonyOS 2 changelog for Honor 20 devices

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.

HarmoynOS 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 devices, 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.

Task manager: Support task status saving infrequently used apps, meaning that even after you’ve switched to another app, you can pick up a previous task right from where you had left off.

MeeTime: Added support for multi-party calls. Now, both Huawei mobile phones and tablets can freely access audio and video calls


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.


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