Ever since May 2019, Huawei has been adapting to life without Google Mobile Services (GMS). The transition has been far from smooth as Huawei was seemingly left without a stable app ecosystem overnight but it seems the company isn’t looking in the rearview mirror.
During a recent press conference in Vienna, Wang Fei who serves as the head of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group in Austria was clear that Huawei does not plan to go back to using Google services even if it regains its license . While discussing Huawei’s long-term strategy in Austria, Fei clearly iterated that the company wants to get rid of this dependence on US politics and is ruling out a return to Google’s app and service ecosystem even if it was on the table.
Huawei is currently focused on establishing its Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) as a viable app ecosystem. The company is still going to rely on the open-source version of Android (AOSP) for its user interface despite having its own HarmonyOS. According to the report, Huawei is ready to pump an estimated $3 billion in app development and is already working with over 4,000 developers to adapt existing essential Android apps to Huawei’s App Gallery store.
Establishing a mature app ecosystem is no easy feat and with no other viable options, Huawei’s approach is not that surprising. For those of you that are interested in what a GMS-free experience is like, we’re running a little experiment of our own and you’ll be able to read about it.