At Huawei’s 17th Global Analyst Conference, Wang Yanmin, President Global Partnerships & Eco-Development, Huawei Consumer Business Group, revealed that the number of Huawei’s HMS developers has increased by 150% to 1.4 million. In February of this year, the number of registered developers announced by Huawei was 1.3 million.
Huawei’s HMS needs time and effort to develop
After being included in the US entity list, Huawei’s mobile phones cannot use Google Mobile Services (GMS). At the developer conference last year, the company launched Huawei’s HMS to replace Google’s GMS service. Furthermore, at the Huawei P40 series launch conference in March this year, Huawei announced that the P40 series will use its own HMS service and AppGallery application store. This is the first time that the company fully uses its own services on its flagship smartphone.
According to reports, Huawei’s HMS is available in over 170 countries around the world and has over 400 million monthly active users. Although Huawei wants to use GMS services, it seems hopeless in the short term. In the future, HMS will shoulder the heavy responsibility of Huawei’s terminal ecology.
It appears that the U.S is not lifting the ban on Huawei anytime soon. In fact, it is stiffening the ban. In its latest announcement, the U.S. government said that any company that uses US technology must obtain a U.S. license before working for Huawei. This means that the likes of TSMC which is behind Huawei’s Kirin chips can not take orders from Huawei.
On its part, Huawei is seeking viable alternatives and so far it is not doing badly. The latest restriction from the U.S shows that Huawei is not falling as the U.S. government had hoped. A recent report claims that Huawei had placed huge orders to the tune of $700 million from TSMC. It is also working closely with SMIC (a Chinese chip maker). These should keep the company floating until it gets a viable alternative.