You have probably heard the infamous US trade ban on Huawei. That means the Chinese tech giant firm cannot carry out its business with various US firms such as Google. Well, there is more politics to this. As a result, Huawei has not launched new smartphones with Google Mobile Services (GMS).
You should note that GMS is the core of Android smartphones. That is because it comprises of various Google apps, cloud-based services, APIs, Google Drive, Google Play Store, Chrome browser, YouTube, and more. Without GMS, these smartphones will miss essential Google products and lack popular apps such as Instagram, Whatsapp, and Facebook. Equally, there are other apps that rely on infrastructure provided by GMS.
Therefore, Huawei came up with a solution to solve the lack of GMS by creating its huawei hms. With the launch of Huawei Mate XS and Honor 9X Pro, HMS is now in the spotlight, and it will soon be evident with all Huawei Smartphones.
What is HMS?
Simply, HMS is a mobile application platform that replaces various Google services and apps such as cloud storage, Google Maps, Gmail, and more on Honor and Huawei phones. The HMS offers third-party developers the services and tools they need to create their apps. Ideally, with HMS, Huawei creates an ecosystem that replaces what Google offers both developers and users in its Android ecosystem.
HMS ha developer-focused component known as HMS Core and user-focused component App Gallery and other apps. HMS core comprises of different SDKs, APIs, and services that developers can use to improve their apps. Although HMS has been around for many years, its relaunch has just expanded the platform.
It is estimated that HMS has over 700 million users globally, and the App Gallery is in over 180 countries. All future Huawei smartphones will run on HMS. Even if it is allowed to use GMS in the future, the company will continue to promote HMS and develop it further.
As far as the HMS is concerned, a lot of things are happening on the developer side. Ideally, HMS Core is a set of developer services. You can find tools for in-app purchases, location tracking, face detection, text recognition, ads, and more. The developers have the freedom of using the core services plus other SDKs and APIs to develop apps for the platform.
Huawei has built APIs that developers use. Developers who have apps in the Play Store will find it easier to migrate them to HMS. Other than offering developers the tools they need, the tech giant company also runs contests with cash awards to developers. In fact, the company keeps working with developers in each segment to ensure that top apps are installed on Huawei smartphones.
Huawei Mobile Services continues to grow at an astonishing rate. Although it still has a long way to go before competing with GMS, it is likely to disrupt and change the development of apps for smartphones. In the next few months, you can only expect HMS to get better and have more apps.