Since being included in the Entity List by the United States last year, Huawei’s mobile phone products cannot be pre-installed with Google’s GMS services, which is a great blow to sales in overseas markets. Although Huawei has prepared the spare tire of Hongmeng OS, to re-promote another completely different mobile phone OS in overseas markets, it will undoubtedly need to establish its own mobile ecosystem first.
Huawei opened its own HMS ecosystem at last year’s developer conference and began to accelerate its expansion in overseas markets.
In January this year, Huawei released HMS Core 4.0 to the world. HMS includes a complete set of open HMS Apps and HMS Core, HMS Capabilities, HMS Connect, and corresponding IDE tools for development and testing. Among them, HMS Apps include core applications consisting of Huawei Cloud Space, Huawei Smart Assistant, Huawei App Market, Huawei Wallet, Huawei Video, Huawei Music, Huawei Reading, Huawei Themes and Life Services. It can form an alternative to a series of services and applications of Google.
According to Huawei’s official data, there are currently more than 1.3 million registered developers worldwide, and more than 55,000 applications have access to HMS Core globally.
In addition, Huawei Consumer BG has also established a new global ecological development department to supervise Huawei’s HMS ecological construction. It is reported that Wang Yanmin, president of the new department, reports to Yu Chengdong, CEO of Consumer BG.
Next week, Huawei and Honor will hold a press conference in Barcelona, when mobile phone products pre-installed with Huawei’s own HMS services will also be unveiled.
Huawei launched its home-made system, Hongmeng OS, in August last year, hoping to get rid of its reliance on Google. After being “blacklisted” by the United States, Huawei’s mobile phone products cannot be pre-installed with systems and applications from Google. As a result, in markets other than mainland China, Huawei’s new mobile phone products cannot provide services including Google Maps, Play Store, etc., and most overseas markets rely heavily on Google’s services.
At the same time, Huawei has partnered with Dutch navigation and digital map company TomTom to develop applications for its own smartphones based on its maps, traffic services and navigation services. Separately, Reuters reported that Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO and vivo are teaming up to create an app store in a concentrated effort to challenge the international dominance of the Google Play Store.
It must be admitted that compared with mature ecological platforms such as Apple Store and Google GMS, Huawei HMS is still like a faltering newborn baby, and the road ahead is very long. However, in order to fully stand on the global market, these core things in software and hardware must be possessed independently, which is the same not only for Huawei, but also for any other mobile phone.
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