Updated on February 25, 2020:
Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) is a big effort to create a whole new ecosystem of apps, cloud services, and developer community that we are going to explore in detail below.
What is Huawei Mobile Services (HMS)?
HMS is a set of applications and services providing many advanced features like Huawei ID, push notifications, payments and other services from Huawei for its device ecosystem. And to deliver a smarter, faster and better seamless experience. Since Huawei cannot use Google Mobile Services (GMS), the company has decided to expand HMS throughout its global users.
HMS includes the following apps and services:
- Huawei AppGallery
- Huawei Browser
- Huawei Mobile Cloud
- Huawei Themes
- Huawei Music
- Huawei Video
- Huawei Reader
- Huawei Assistant and more
Available in more than 170+ countries/Regions the HMS apps including, Huawei Browers has completed over 200 million downloads, Huawei Cloud over 160 million and Huawei Themes app over 70 million downloads.
Huawei is also expanding its Huawei Music with over 150 million downloads, Huawei Video with over 130 million and the Huawei assistant with over 140 million downloads.
According to Huawei, the Huawei Mate 30 series comes pre-installed with Huawei AppGallery an official application distribution platform. Since its global launch in April 2018, AppGallery has been serving more than 400 million global monthly active users in more than 170 countries and regions.
The company also informed that the accumulated downloads have reached 180 billion within a year and the number of overseas apps released on Huawei App Gallery is increasing as more developers join the HMS ecosystem.
The AppGallery also provides recommendations to Mate 30 series users according to their location and country selection. Intelligent recommendations include local and nearby apps, popular local apps for an enhanced experience.
Huawei Browser is a secure and easy-to-use mobile browser, providing Internet browsing experience, search service and complete privacy protection for the users. Currently, there are more than 200 million monthly active users worldwide.
Huawei Mobile Cloud:
Huawei Mobile Cloud protects data security from account authentication, data transmission, and data storage. It can securely store important data such as photos, videos, and contacts, and realize multi-end data synchronization to help users manage data safely and conveniently. The amount of monthly active users has reached 160 million globally.
Through the versatile lock screen, personalized icons and tens of thousands of online themes, Huawei Themes brings a different experience to users around the world with a colorful and versatile design. The global monthly active users exceed 70 million.
Users can listen to high-definition music through Huawei Music, and enjoy a wide range of music content and apps such as tens of millions of music libraries, popular song lists, audiobook channels, HiFi zones anytime and anywhere.
Users can easily follow the music trend and experience a richer audio experience. At present, Huawei Music has served more than 70 countries and regions, with more than 150 million monthly active users worldwide.
Huawei Video, together with Youku, Mango TV, Sohu.com, Jetsen Huashi Wangju, HUACE FILM&TV, Sony, Disney, and other global partners, bring consumers the ultimate audio and video experience.
With a large number of high-quality contents, users can not only enjoy the popular broadcast of Youku and Mango TV, as well as tens of thousands of Hollywood and Chinese movies, art, humanities, knowledge and education, and other special content, enjoying a rich video experience across the world.
At present, Huawei Video has been launched in China, Italy, Spain and other places, with more than 130 million monthly active users.
Huawei Reader has cooperated with dozens of partners in the Chinese market, including IReader Technology, Dianzhong Technology, Ali Literature, and China Literature, which has provided users with more than 1 million copies of high-quality content, covering classic publications, bestsellers, and other categories. Huawei Reader will also be launched globally, creating a digital reading platform to give users a richer reading experience.
Huawei Assistant will be launched online together with the Huawei Mate 30 series. Users can simply swipe to the -1 screen to have quick access to various services, as well as global search, situational intelligence, news hotspots and other smart service cards to provide them with rich service.
The news hotspot information service covers 30 languages in 82 countries and regions and provides intelligent reminders of 117 important event information and more than 150 stock market information.
Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) as well as HMS apps, incorporates Huawei’s chip, device and cloud capabilities and integrates a set of HMS core services (HMS Core), tools, and platforms for IDE development and testing.
According to the data shown by Huawei, HMS together with Huawei third-party applications and services forms an HMS Ecosystem for 560 million (previously 570 million) Huawei users across the globe with 1.3 million (previously 1.01) registered developers.
Developers of HMS Core capabilities and services only need to integrate the HMS Software Development Kit in order to use Huawei’s open capabilities.
Huawei has also officially opened 14 HMS Core services, including 9 basic services and 5 growth services, to provide developers with an intelligent Ecosystem with Open Capabilities and quick access to HMS Ecosystem.
Huawei Petal One: An all in one package for Cloud, Music and Video services
The Petal One integrates 3 premium services at relatively less costly compared to individual purchases. This service is similar to what Apple offers under the Apple One subscription bundle.
This all-in-one package includes Huawei Cloud Space Premium Package with 200GB capacity, Huawei Super Music VIP, and Huawei Video Gold Member & Partner Zone VIP membership.
What services Petal One includes:
The premium music service in Petal One has millions of libraries with all kinds of audio and music, while the premium video subscription offers high-quality video programs and movies. Meanwhile, the 200GB of Cloud storage can be shared between 5 family members.
People with Petal One can cancel their membership anytime. Currently, Petal One only comes under monthly subscription, though Huawei could offer lengthy plans such as quarterly or half-yearly in the future.
To be mentioned, Petal One provides a multi-scenario membership service and can be supported on multiple devices including mobile phones, tablets smart wearables, and smart screens.
Huawei Cloud service
The Huawei Cloud service offers a safe place to store your crucial data. It takes automatic backup of the whole device that can be restored anytime very conveniently.
Talking about privacy, this service is completely secure and has a ‘Time Machine’ feature that can help you manage all your data in a single place. Furthermore, all this data can be synchronized on multiple devices to manage it over different smartphones and tablets.
Price and Availability:
As per the Huawei Member Center app, the Petal One will be available for early buyers from August 28 to August 30. While full access to this service will be opened from September 1. The starting price for the Petal One bundle is 79 yuan (12 USD) for a monthly subscription.
It’ll be interesting to see whether this package will enter on the global market. We’ll keep you posted on further updates.
Huawei Sound X 2021 launched with new design and powered by HarmonyOS
Huawei has launched its latest smart speaker – Huawei Sound X 2021. This new speaker comes with an elegant design and colorful lights that provide an ergonomic appearance while listening to music.
Huawei Sound X 2021 is inspired by electronic tubes and pays tribute to the classic tube amplifiers. The smart speaker has a 360-degree all-metal soundhole, 3D curved surface seamless technology, highlighting the high-end quality design.
Huawei Sound X 2021 comes with a 175.6mm diameter, 224mm height, and 3140g of weight. Similar to its processor, the Huawei Sound X comes in interstellar black.
48 full-color LED lights surround 360-degree, creating 7+1 kinds of magical lighting effects. The indicator light shows Guidance connection, voice response, status indication, music dynamic effect, light wallpaper, etc.
The new generation of Huawei Sound X is the first three-way smart speaker jointly designed by Devalet. The speaker unit has one 4.75 inch woofer, four 1.5 inch full-range speakers, one 1.25 inch tweeter, and two passive radiators.
Huawei Sound X 2021 comes with a 6 microphone ring array with a design that supports volume increase and decrease buttons, microphone button, play and pause keys as well as a light control button placed on the center top of the device.
The high, mid, and woofer unit sound independently, allowing the three-tone level to be distinct, bringing the bass sound and deep, the midrange is warm and clear, and the treble is bright and transparent.
Huawei Sound X 2021 is the world’s first smart speaker equipped with HarmonyOS 2. HarmonyOS doesn’t need to patch a 3rd party app to connect with the corresponding app, use the super device feature and fetch audio directly from PC or the smartphone.
With HM OS 2 support, the Huawei smart screen can be used to build a home theater with one click. The easy voice interaction allows you to integrate into the world of the Internet of Everything.
Huawei Sound X 2021 Price and Availability:
Huawei Sound X 2021 is priced at 2199 yuan. It’s already opened for pre-sale in China and the first sale is targeted for August 12 in China.
Google Play Store safety section will show new security information about apps
Google Play Store is bringing a new safety section, which will provide Android users features and accessibility to apps security, user permissions, and data it collects before downloading the app on a device.
According to Google, all of the Google Play Store apps will be required to share information in the safety section. Developers don’t need to panic, because Google also announced that developers will be given time to make these changes in their application sections.
So, let’s jump to more information regarding the Google Play Store safety section.
How will it look?
You will now be able to see the new summary section on the app’s store listing page. The section will describe all of the data that the corresponding app collects from your device.
Some of the highlights of these details are:
- Whether the app uses data encryption methods
- Whether it follows Families policy
- Whether the app has been independently validated against a global security standard.
Check details of the data collected by the app:
You will also have the power to view more information regarding the data that’s collected by the app and why you should grant permission.
Such examples for these are:
- Information collection – location, contacts, personal information (name, email, and other), financial information, and more.
- Where your data will be utilized in the app.
- More importantly, you will also be able to see, which data is optional or required to provide to the app.
Furthermore, the developers will have to mention whether the app uses any of the user data for research purposes.
Design could change:
Google confirmed that the design of the safety section may change as the features may receive further optimization with continued development.
Deadline for Developers to declare the information:
The new Google Play Store safety section will launch for the app in the first quarter of 2022.
To prepare for the listing, developers can submit information on Google Play Console for review from October this year. However, interested developers can start early if they want to.
Also, the last date for developers to meet the deadline to submit the app privacy details will be in April 2022. Without the approved section, the app won’t be submitted on Play Store.