The application store of Chinese telecommunications equipment and smartphone giant Huawei now has 400 million monthly active users in more than 170 countries and regions, the company’s Consumer Business group announced on February 24 at a online product and strategy launch event he organized in Barcelona, Spain.
Amid trade tensions between the two countries, Shenzhen-based Huawei has been banned by the US government from using Google Mobile Services (GMS) and the apps that are part of it, including Chrome, YouTube, Google Play Store, etc. the essentials for an Android smartphone user.
The ban has hit China’s biggest phone maker at a bad time as it progresses to overseas markets like North America and Europe, where GMS is the mainstream for ecosystems. Android local.
To get around the restriction, Huawei launched its in-house developed mobile ecosystem, Huawei Mobile Service (short for HMS) as a substitute. HMS had a total of 570 million monthly active users across the world, as Richard Yu Chengdong, general manager of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, announced in September 2019.
On Monday, it was reported that Huawei is working on its own search engine to join other HMS applications such as voice assistant, cloud service, browser, music and video with the aim of completely replacing the matrix of HMS. Android apps from Google.
In addition, the tech giant said last year that it is also testing Harmony OS, an operating system that will eventually replace Android in all Huawei devices, from mobile phones to laptops, tablets and smartwatches.