Huawei held its first Asia Pacific HUAWEI Developer Day (AHDD) on November 13, 2019, in Singapore together with over 150 of its industry partners from the respective region. At the event, they shared their vision of building an open ecosystem. They want to do this by creating an all-scenario, seamlessly connected digital living supported by progressive technologies such as its own Huawei Mobile Services open capabilities, HUAWEI devices, 5G Networks, and AI-powered apps.
Despite a lot of hurdles, the Huawei Consumer Business Group continues to grow strong in the global market. With shipment exceeding 200 million units from January till October 2019, Huawei still is the world’s second-largest smartphone supplier. Besides smartphones, the Chinese tech giant is also killing it in the accessories sales. They saw a steady increase in PC (+214%), smart audio (+233%), and the wearable (+272%) sale compared to last year.
It is timely for us to introduce the HUAWEI Ecosystem as we have now evolved to a mature phase after 30 years in the industry. The HUAWEI Ecosystem is rooted in Huawei Mobile Services and aligned with our ‘1+8+N’ strategy. It helps our partners to expedite the digital innovation by integrating their businesses onto our platform.” said Zhang Ping’an, President, Huawei Consumer Cloud Service
Huawei is using a ‘1+8+N’ strategy, where the smartphone serves as One (1) center, and Huawei’s Ecosystem partners connect across Eight (8) supporting devices to create a fully-connected IoT environment consisting of Endless (N) services. With these ideologies, the company is set to continue strengthening its Mobile Services’ footprint in the global markets. It currently serves more than 570 million global users in over 170 countries to date. As of 2019 Q3, HMS has achieved 390 million global monthly active users on HUAWEI AppGallery. That is more than 180 billion total app downloads within a year since it started the global service in 2018.
In APAC markets, HMS currently provides a variety of services such as Huawei ID, Mobile Cloud, Huawei AppGallery, Themes, Huawei Music and Huawei Assistant. To further facilitate the growth of its smart ecosystem, HMS has opened up its chipset-device-cloud abilities to global developers via the Huawei Developer website. This platform grants developers full access to developer services including HMS Core, HMS Capabilities, and HMS Connect.
Among all these services, the HMS Core is one of the most interesting ones. It is a collection of software development frameworks that enable developers to create a version of an app that is compatible with Huawei devices. These kits shorten the app development process at a lower cost. As announced during the event, a total of 24 HMS Core kits, 55 services, and 997 APIs will be available in APAC markets by 2020. Among the new HMS Core services are Map Kit, Location Kit, Awareness Kit, Scan Kit, Quick App and more. HMS Core also covers value-added functions for user expansion and service monetization.
Besides these announcements, Huawei also introduced its HUAWEI Shining-Star Program to support mobile app developers all around the world. The company will invest a total of USD 1 Billion for the program. Via the initiative, Huawei will provide training, innovation supports, and marketing resources to apps and services relating to AI, AR/VR, and IoT. Developers who are eligible for the program will receive incentive supports for development innovation, user growth, marketing, and other aspects. Additionally, Huawei will also be unveiling its DigiX Lab in Singapore by early 2020. This lab is equipped with HMS Core, AR, VR, AI, CameraKit, HUAWEI Ability Gallery and other open capabilities for mobile app developers to test their services remotely.
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