After the inclusion of Huawei to the US entity list, Google dropped its cooperation with Huawei. That automatically means that Google’s GMS service would no longer be available to Huawei. Even the Android system is an AOSP open-source system, Google integrates a lot of applications and services that are not open-source such as Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube, etc.
Despite the temporary license, latest huawei’s smartphone still lacks GMS. However, Huawei now has its own system, HongMeng OS (HarmonyOS). Having the system is not enough, it also needs an ecosystem of apps. In order to cope with the unavailability of Google Mobile Services, Huawei has launched the HMS ecosystem.
Huawei HMS service is a collection of basic services provided by Huawei. It provides support for smartphones that cannot use Google GMS and provides Google GMS-like functions. Currently, it includes Huawei account, in-app messages, message notifications, identity verification, Scanning, and other basic services. On December 23, Huawei HMS started to recruit public betas in China.
It is understood that this public test involves two apps, one is Huawei Mobile Services and the other is HMSCoreTest. This version of HMS fixes some known issues and improves performance. Huawei account, in-app payment, Message notification, wallet, and other services provide more stable and quality services.
However, the HMS ecosystem currently has only 45,000 apps using HMS cores. This is a far cry from about 3 million apps on Google’s Play Store. Huawei currently has about 1 million HMS developers worldwide. In the future, Huawei also plans to provide a $ 1 billion reward fund to encourage developers to build an HMS ecosystem.