After the US trade ban came into effect in May, Huawei’s latest smartphones including the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro were no longer shipped with licensed Google apps and services. Some of these apps include Play Store, YouTube and Google Maps which are widely used on a daily basis.
As a result, the company’s new and upcoming smartphones will have to rely on their proprietary Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) instead of Google Mobile Services (GMS).
To bridge the gap between the two platforms, Huawei has been working very closely with Chinese and Indian developers to vitalize their HMS ecosystem. Besides that, they are also focusing on bringing the top 100-150 apps in every country to customers through HMS.
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In fact, Huawei has announced a massive US$1 billion global fund earlier this year for the development of HMS, as well as to incentivize developers across the world to integrate their apps with HMS.
“We have our own HMS and are trying to build a mobile ecosystem. Most of the key apps such as navigation, payments, gaming and messaging will be ready by the end of December,” Charles Pang, CEO of Huawei India Consumer Business Group, told the Economic Times.
So far, Huawei already has more than one million registered developers globally for HMS. In India, Huawei is currently offering up to US$17,000 on the integration of apps with HMS through it’s aforementioned global fund.
Although Huawei is able to successfully source for alternative providers on the hardware-end, but it’s software-end remains a pain point for the company.
Despite that, the company still managed to ship approximately 230 million smartphones this year.