For developers and others who are following tech trends, you’d probably know by now that the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) is a serious competitor to the Google Mobile Services (GMS).
Before the ban placed on them by the US government, Huawei has been relying on GMS to meet all their app and core needs. And who wouldn’t? Google has been the live wire for most Android Smartphones that exist. The ban implied that Huawei could no longer do business or have any dealing with its American counterpart.
This meant that Huawei could not include popular Google features like Gmail, Google Map, Drive, YouTube, Google Chrome, etc. and also popular social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.
How could they wriggle out of the mess they found themselves?
They decided to create an alternative, which is now known globally as HMS. It’s a whole new system of apps, developers, and cloud services tailored to suit their needs. If the ban is eventually going to be overturned, there might not return to using GMS as HMS has made massive success already.
So, now that you know the history, what is the HMS and what does it entail?
HMS is simply a group of services and applications with advanced features like push notifications, Huawei ID, and other services tailored for its ecosystem. It aims to provide faster and easier experiences for its users. Since they can’t use GMS, they’ve expanded HMS for all its users globally.
As of January 2020, HMS could boast of over 50,000 apps integrated into its core, although its counterpart Google Play Store boasts of over 3 million apps. HMS is used by over 600 million active users monthly, spanning over 168 countries.
Without further ado, let’s look at the apps and services that HMS offer
What apps and services are in the HMS?
Let’s find out.
1. Huawei Browser
The HMS consists of the Huawei Browser, which is an easy and simplified browser that provides great browsing experiences for its users. Right now, there are over 180 million monthly users globally.
It is similar to its competitor, Google Chrome.
2. Mobile Cloud
The Huawei Mobile Cloud ensures that data is secured during data storage, account authentication, and data transmission. It protects data such as contacts, videos, photos, and safely supports data synchronization at multi-ends, and this helps its users manage and protect their data easily.
It has over 150 million monthly users across the globe.
3. Huawei Reader
This reader has collaborated with lots of partners in the Chinese tech space to become what it is. These partners include the Dianzhong Technology, China Literature, Ali Literature, etc. It offers more than a million copies of premium content, including bestsellers, classic publications, and amongst others.
It will soon be launched globally for a widespread digital reading platform.
4. Huawei Video
Huawei Video has also collaborated with lots of partners globally, including Mango TV, Disney, Youku, Sony, Sohu.com, and others to give their users the most amazing video and audio experience.
It not only offers premium content from Mango TV and Youku, but also shows several Chinese and Hollywood movies.
Others include AppGallery, Themes, Huawei Assistant, and Huawei Music.