In the first ever APAC Huawei Developer Day (AHDD), Huawei revealed that they are making great progress with the development and distribution of Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) — the company’s propietary platform to take the place of Google services.
HMS is embedded within Huawei devices and they come pre-installed with apps like AppGallery, Assistant, Themes, Mobile Cloud and more.
Out of the bunch, Huawei AppGallery is one of the most important because it’s basically the company’s own version of the Play Store where users download apps and games. Since its global launch last year, AppGallery has grown to get over 570 million average monthly active users and a total of 180 billion downloads per year from over 170 countries. Currently, there are around 1.07 million developers making apps for the platform.
Another important announcement during the event was the opening of the chipset-device-cloud capabilities of Huawei Mobile Services to developers. They will now have full access to 24 HMS Core Kits, 55 services, and 997 APIs for deeper integration to the ecosystem.
For further growth, Huawei is investing heavily in the developer community all over the world with the launch of the $1 billion Huawei Shining-Star Programme. Eligible developers will be able to receive incentive support in marketing their apps in the store and they will be getting special access to Huawei’s new tools to help them improve their apps.
As part of Huawei Mobile Services’ rollout globally, Huawei Music and Huawei Video are expected to come in more markets in the next few months. There’s no information yet on when will these two services land in the Philippines, but Huawei Mobile Cloud is said to be arriving very soon.