Since it was blacklisted by the U.S. last May, Huawei has been spending a lot of time polishing products to replace Google’s services. For now, the smartphone brand is ready to bring the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) ecosystem to new phones sold overseas. Zhao Ming, president of Huawei’s glory business, said in a Facebook post that sub-brand glory will release its latest 9X Pro phone online next Monday.
Mobile phone makers have turned to online launch events after this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) was cancelled due to an outbreak of the new coronavirus. The new phone will be powered by Huawei Mobile Services and Huawei’s own Kirin 810 chipset, which includes the company’s own app store and cloud storage services, as well as other applications and services.
Huawei has been selling the Mate 30 flagship phone, which launched last September, without pre-installed Google apps and services. According to IDC, a market research firm, the move was challenging and hurt Huawei’s overseas sales. Huawei’s official website warns consumers that the phones may not offer the popular apps they expect, such as Google Maps and YouTube.
“Huawei Mate 30 Pro uses the EMUI interface and Huawei Mobile Services (HMS). “This means that Google’s services and applications are not integrated into Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro and some popular third-party apps are not available for download,” Huawei wrote on its French website. “
In Google’s popular Europe, Huawei and its suppliers are trying to attract consumers with special offers. The Mate 30 Pro, which is due to go on sale in the UK this week, will be accompanied free of charge with a pair of free Huawei wireless headphones and a Huawei smartwatch.
In response to media inquiries, Huawei said it would not comment further on plans to roll out Huawei’s mobile services to more phones.
Despite the difficulties, Huawei is determined to continue to compete in the international market.
At the end of last month, the company launched an improved version of HMS to mobile phone users around the world. The company said its AppGallery app store had more than 390 million active users worldwide as of November. That’s still a long way from Google Play, which had more than 1 billion active users in 2015.
Huawei said it would hold a launch conference on February 24. It is expected to launch smartphones, PCs, tablets and IoT products. The company also plans to launch its next-generation flagship smartphone, the P40 series, in Paris in March.