Huawei states its HarmonyOS running system can match Google, Apple

Huawei says its HarmonyOS operating system can rival Google, Apple
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A visitor holds her phone revealing a photo taken throughout Huawei’s interview revealing its brand-new HarmonyOS os in Dongguan, Guangdong province on August 9, 2019.

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A leading Huawei executive stated the Chinese business’s mobile os has the ability to take on Google and Apple — however experts informed CNBC that may be hard to accomplish, particularly in markets outside China where U.S. innovation giants have a strong grip.

“Huawei is in a position to deliver an ecosystem that is on par with Google’s and Apple’s ecosystems,” Huawei’s vice president of customer cloud services in its customer service, Eric Tan, stated on Tuesday. “We have the confidence to be one of the top ecosystem developers in the world.” 

He was discussing the business’s own os, called the HarmonyOS, which was introduced in August.

It comes as the Chinese innovation huge efforts to create a course ahead without American innovation. 

Huawei’s mobile phones have actually counted on Google’s Android os for a variety of years. But in 2019, the Chinese company was placed on a U.S. blacklist which limited its access to American innovation and indicated it was no longer able to utilize certified Android software application on its handsets.

In reaction, Huawei introduced its own os that very same year.

On Tuesday, Huawei executives discussed HarmonyOS, highlighting its capability to be an os that can work throughout a variety of gadgets instead of simply mobile phones alone, which might interest designers aiming to make apps that deal with various hardware.

The management likewise discussed the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), a collection of different Huawei apps from maps to payments to its app shop. 

Huawei’s declare about having the ability to provide an environment “on par” with Google’s and Apple’s is a huge one, thinking about the business just introduced its os less than a year back.

But Tan supported his remarks by exposing that by the end of March, Huawei had 1.4 million designers on board — up 115% from completion of the very first quarter of 2019. 

In China, where Huawei is the most significant smart device maker by market share, not having access to Google’s Android is not a big issue. That’s due to the fact that Google services, such as search, are obstructed in the nation and users can’t actually utilize them anyhow. That likewise suggests Huawei’s HarmonyOS has a possibility of succeeding in the domestic market. 

So in general without marquee designers on board its going to be a hard sell.

Neil Shah

Counterpoint Research

However, in global markets where apps are developed on Google’s services — incorporating maps or payments, for instance — Huawei might discover its HarmonyOS a hard sell.

“It won’t be easy for Huawei to build up a library of premier applications outside of China, as many of them rely on Google for things like digital rights management, location, payment, and notification services,” Bryan Ma, vice president of gadgets research study at IDC, informed CNBC.

Huawei was not instantly offered for remark when gotten in touch with by CNBC.

“Developers oftentimes have to be selective on which projects they spend their time on, and a key factor in that decision-making is whether there is enough of a critical mass in the user base to justify the time and effort spent in porting applications over,” Ma stated.

Huawei’s HMS resembles Google Mobile Services and provides designers sets that can be utilized to incorporate things like area services into apps. The Chinese company stated there are 60,000 apps utilizing so-called HMS Core services, however it did not break down what nations or areas those remain in. 

Neil Shah, research study director at Counterpoint Research, called the variety of apps “limited” and stated Huawei is still missing out on significant apps. 

“Outside of China, it will be struggle as most of the marquee applications come from big profile U.S. developers — Netflix, Facebook properties (Instagram, WhatsApp), Google apps, etc — which are obviously banned to collaborate with Huawei,” Shah stated.

“So overall, without marquee developers on board, it’s going to be a tough sell.”

Indeed, a variety of significant apps that are essential in global markets are not on Huawei’s app shop, called the AppGallery. Users cannot download any Google apps or Facebook-owned services. Netflix or Spotify are not offered either. 

However, it does have the Amazon Shopping app, along with video-sharing app TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. 

Huawei has actually revealed its desire to get Google apps onto the AppGallery.

“We hope Google services can be available through our AppGallery, just like how Google services are available through Apple’s App Store,” Eric Xu, turning chairman at Huawei stated in an interview with CNBC in March. 

But this will be an obstacle, according to Ma. 

“Legal considerations aside, I find it highly unlikely that Google would publish its own apps into the AppGallery, as they have the same hooks into its services as third parties do. And if anything, they want to drive usage of their services,” he stated.

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