Huawei Plans to Open HMS & HarmonyOS to Rival Manufacturers

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Huawei's chairman has confirmed that the Chinese manufacturer plans to open up its HMS ecosystem to rival manufacturers. Incidentally, Huawei also plans to allow rival manufacturers to use its HarmonyOS.

Last year, Google had banned Huawei from using Google services. As a result, the Chinese manufacturer developed its own version of Google services. Thus Huawei developed the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) ecosystem as a replacement for Google services on Android.

Simultaneously, Huawei has been developing an alternate mobile OS to rival Android -HarmonyOS. Zhang Ping An, Huawei's President of Consumer Cloud Services confirmed that the Chinese manufacturer is in ongoing discussions with other Chinese manufacturers. There is a high possibility that future Xiaomi phones, in China at least, could run HarmonyOS (HongmengOS) and HMS.

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Huawei wants to convince these Chinese manufacturers to move away from Google's Android OS and exclusively use HarmonyOS. If this tactic succeeds, Google could see its Android numbers dip sharply.

In fact, Guo Ping, Huawei's rotating Chairman, confirmed that Huawei will continue to focus on the development of the HMS ecosystem. The company will reach out to rival manufacturers as well in order to spread the ecosystem.

New sanctions imposed by the US restrict Huawei's access to smartphone chips.

Recently, new sanctions imposed by the US have now restricted Huawei's access to the latest technology and advanced microprocessor chips. The US Commerce Department announced these fresh sanctions, which restrict the sale of chips containing US-developed technology to Huawei.

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Thus, any foreign semiconductor manufacturer will not be able to sell chips to Huawei, if these are developed using US software or technology. However, the sanctions include a caveat – the manufacturer would need to obtain a license first before supplying any technology to Huawei.

These new sanctions have hit Huawei's mobile business pretty hard. However, the Chinese manufacturer is already in discussions with AMD and Intel for the procurement of chips. Earlier this month, both, AMD and Intel had confirmed that the US had granted them licenses to provide chips to Huawei.

Though, Guo Ping did confirm that Huawei has sufficient chips for its telecom equipment, server, and cloud businesses. The challenge the Chinese manufacturer faces is with smartphone chips. Huawei consumes millions of these chips annually.

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Huawei hopes to develop an engaging ecosystem with rival manufacturers using HMS and HarmonyOS.

Zhang Ping An stated that Huawei's ambition is to develop an engaging ecosystem around HMS and Harmony OS. The Chinese manufacturer, he said, is under discussions with rival manufacturers and is discussing possible cooperation with them.

It will be interesting to see how this new ecosystem develops. Given the past failed experience with other manufacturers – including Microsoft – it seems to be an uphill battle for Huawei to remove Android from its pinnacle right now.