For a Huawei phone that’s less Google,Chinese certainly don’t mind, what about foreigners? Let’s hear what an American netizen named Turbofrog says:
I am disappointed with the progress of the whole situation. I have a super cheap Glory 8 phone, which I bought after the last phone couldn’t be used. But like you, I don’t have any interest in buying a new phone without Google Play – no matter how impressive and smooth its hardware.
Turbofrog added: ‘It’s a shame.
Why can’t foreign users leave Google?
Google is essential to foreigners.
Not to mention in Android smartphones, Google has built a vast Ecosystem of Google services with its wide range of software and Internet products in the overall Internet ecosystem.
Of these, Google Search Engines (global share 78.23%), Google Chrome (global share 67.15%), Google Maps Maps, YouTube videos, Gmail Email, Google Photos Image Management Services, With more than 1 billion top products, such as Google Drive, Google is arguably the infrastructure that builds Internet services across the country.
Take a step back and even if there are no shortage of “Live Without Google” sounds in the internet space abroad, and there are indeed alternatives to Google’s many products, but these sounds are like the waves that occasionally stir in the vast ocean, and they don’t matter much – one of them comes from Gizmodo’s editor said: ‘I took Google out of my life and then everything went wrong.
Of course, Google’s influence on foreign users is also reflected in smartphones, whether the operating system is Android or iOS – not only that, but if iOS is left out, Google can be said to be getting worse in the entire Android world.
It can be said that almost every foreign Android user, I am afraid, can not be separated from google family bucket.
The so-called Google Bucket is actually Google Mobile Services,” a series of apps and services that Google has built specifically for the Android operating system. It is divided into two parts:
The first part is the underlying services that underpin google’s many apps, including Google Services Framework, Google Account, Google Play App Store, Google Security Certification, and more – and, of course, a wide variety of Kits;
The second part is a number of Google-owned apps based on these basic services, including Google Search, Google Photos, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Drive, and more.
It should be noted that the second part of GMS is simply not perfectly installed and run in the absence of the first part, which is essentially a binding relationship under the unified service ecosystem – in other words, if a foreign user wants to use Google’s range of apps properly, they must have their Android The phone is equipped with a full GMS.
And under the support of GMS, the foreign user community from the moment they get the Android phone, has entered the Google ecosystem, they can, as on the PC, habitually in Google’s world search for information, watch videos, save files, write documents, send e-mails, search maps…
Clearly, GMS is a mobile service ecosystem that is familiar to and heavily dependent by a foreign user community, and that Google wants to offer in every Android device.
After all, GMS is also at the heart of Google’s advertising profits on mobile devices.
When Huawei phones no longer have GMS
Originally, Huawei, one of the core members of the Android camp, had GMS pre-installed on smartphones sold in overseas markets – but on May 16, 2019, Huawei was no longer eligible for Google’s GMS license following a U.S. government ban.
What we’ve learned later is that over a period of months, Huawei launched HMS Mobile Services and The AppGallery App Store overseas, and has been pre-installed in the latest Mate 30 series and is already available in overseas markets, with plans to launch a $1 billion global developer.
It looks like Huawei is going to replace GMS with HMS – but how effective is it?
If you’re a regular little white user, you can naturally only download apps in The App Gallery, which is built into Huawei’s phone – but if he opens App Gallery, he’ll find that he can’t download any of the apps from Google directly in AppGallery, including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Photos, and more.
Even social apps that are absolutely inseparable from billions of foreign users, such as Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, and so on, don’t exist in AppGallery.
The absence of Google’s apps and FaceBook’s apps makes Huawei App Gallery largely unattractive to ordinary foreign users – after all, Facebook and Google make up half of the list of the world’s most popular apps.
On the extent to which Huawei AppGallery can meet the needs of foreign users,media TechRadar recently compiled a piece of data that shows that only four of the 15 most popular apps in the UK version of the Google Play App Store can be found in Huawei AppGalle ry to download.
As shown in the following image:
Of course, in addition to the average small white user, a small number of foreign geek users can also choose to use their Huawei phones to download the appropriate APK installation package and then use it directly on the basis of android – a viable approach, but obviously a big compromise.
An editor from Android Police did this test using the Glory 9X Pro China version (naturally without GMS), and the apps he tested were his most popular apps, with the following results:
Installable and fully available: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram;
Installable and partially available: Google Board, Google Chrome, Google Maps;
Installable and unable to run: Google Photos, Uber, Lyft, Netflix;
Looks good, but in the end the editor gave up, and he said:
I gave up at that moment. Of course, you can use Dropbox instead of Google Drive and Google Photos, and Snapseed to edit… And Spotify is definitely more popular than Google Play Music. But without Netflix, Lyft or Uber, you’re almost a hard time – not even the dozens of other apps I’ve tried every day, many of which may rely on basic features such as notifications, in-app mapping, and device authentication.
So in the end, it’s not realistic (or even unreasonable) to use an Android phone without GMS for anyone with unlimited Internet access, whether you’re a Google user or not. This (in this case, installing an app by downloading the APK) is a silly and impractical effort, best reserved for those who like to patch and experiment. In other words: Good luck. I ended up with GMS on my Glorious 9x Pro phone, and I didn’t look back – and since then, the experience has been fantastic.
And to be clear, this story is not about a particular phone, but about the importance of GMS to China for the future.
This passage is more representative of the attitude of foreign users towards Huawei phones that lack HMS.
Of course, given that HMS and AppGallery are not moving away from the Android ecosystem, but are just starting a new home outside of Google’s family buckets, the application eco-problems that Huawei phones face overseas are not entirely unexplained, but require more effort – in fact, These efforts are not just a matter of technical strength and funding, but also of time.
In fact, in a recent interview withmedia, Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business, made it clear that apps such as Facebook/Twitter/Instagram would be logged into the Huawei App Gallery App Store.
That’s good news indeed – but for Huawei, it’s a hundred and eighty-thousand miles away from its goal of “trying to get rid of Google at an ecological level.”