Huawei, the Chinese technology giant was banned by the US government in May 2019, from accessing some US-patented technologies, including most of the Google Mobile Services (GMS) on its mobile phones.
While GMS is a bundle of Google apps and APIs that Android phones need for downloading of apps, security and so many other functionalities. Huawei went ahead to create an alternative to Google Mobile Services (GMS), named Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), having previously launched HarmonyOS as a new operating system to replace android.
Huawei Mobile Services will be offered on all its devices allowing users to access important information on the devices, including other Huawei services or products. If you're using a Huawei smartphone, this HMS is the perfect way to manage your account and access all Huawei services.
What major apps are bundled with Huawei Mobile Services?
Huawei has been actively improving on the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), which currently includes the following app bundles: Huawei ID, Cloud, AppGallery, Themes, Huawei Video, Browser and Assistant.
- HUAWEI ID: This is in the center of everything, conveniently linked to all applications so that users can access everything securely with just a tap.
- HUAWEI MOBILE CLOUD: Enable users to backup and restore data and phone settings wireless, or synchronize and transfer data across HUAWEI devices, as well as access files safely using Cloud Drive.
- HUAWEI APPGALLERY: AppGallery features four-layer malware detection mechanism that ensures all apps are safe to download and use, and offers some exclusive benefits like AppGallery gifts.
- HUAWEI VIDEO: HUAWEI Video makes your smartphone screen the window to the world, with high definition, immersive and diverse content such as TV series, films and documentaries.
- HUAWEI THEMES: With tens of thousands of stylish themes, and wallpapers available to help you create a personalized look and feel for your smartphone. HUAWEI Themes offers a stunning gallery of art and design right in your pocket, to customize your phone anytime.
- HUAWEI BROWSER: Huawei Browser is a dedicated web agent that provides high-speed Internet browsing, conveniency, and comprehensive privacy protection for smartphones and tablet users.
The company has invested a whopping $3 billion to HMS development to free itself from Google's clutches. However, it isn't entirely ditching Android, as Huawei could still get its hand on AOSP (the open-source Android version minus Google services), which is available for anyone to use.