Huawei smartphones, the alternative to Google is ready: what changes

Huawei is working on new mobile services that will replace those of Google: how they work and what changes for users

Huawei is working hard to fill the lack of Google services on new smartphones that have not received Android certification. The need to propose an alternative to the green robot operating system and related applications, stems from the block imposed by Donald Trump that prevents American companies from having business relationships with Chinese ones.

During the Huawei Developer Day that took place in India, company head Charles Peng clarified the commitment to the realization of both an operating system and several native functions to be integrated in the next smartphones. All this will be done through the collaboration of a team of developers from India and other countries around the world. The goal is to replace the wide range of so-called GMS (Google Mobile Services). The name of the new native solutions should be HMS (Huawei Mobile Services) and in the last few days the company has been taking stock of the situation. Where does Huawei stand with services for its users?

Huawei native apps: soon an alternative to Google's mobile services

It won't be long before we see a number of native apps appearing on Chinese smartphones to replace those offered by Mountain View. Charles Peng said that several features, such as that for payments, online browsing, games and messaging will be available soon. These would replace Gmail, Chrome and Google Pay. The biggest sticking point is an alternative app to the Google Play Store, because users would have to make do with a rather limited store, at least in the first period. But on that front, Huawei is already working to strike deals with software houses.

What will the new HMS: Huawei's mobile services look like?

Peng says consumers won't see much difference between Huawei's mobile services and Google's. They are also working on creating similar interfaces for the apps: they will have to have distinguishing elements, but not completely revolutionize the user experience.

The company will invest about $1 billion to carry out this project, which involves professionals from all over the world. In addition to developers from India, it has recently partnered with a team from South Africa. Every country in the world will be considered in order to offer between 100 and 150 apps to the millions of users scattered around the planet. Currently, there are about one million developers working with Huawei to implement the Huawei Mobile Service program globally.

What changes will Huawei users see?"

For users, this commitment could mean access to more effective apps because they are designed specifically for Google smartphones. Many are ready to bet that, thanks to native apps, the company's asmartphones will work even better. But many doubts remain: will Huawei be able to find a valid alternative to Youtube? Will it convince users not to use Gmail? How will it replace all the Google tools? Only time will tell if the company will succeed in this intent, thus remaining in the top 3 smartphone vendors worldwide.