Huawei put together Huawei Developer Day last October 10, an event dedicated to providing developers the opportunity to expand their reach through the tech giant’s software ecosystem, Huawei Mobile Services (HMS).

With the company focusing on creating better and more seamless experiences for its users, HMS comes with a suite of essential apps such as AppGallery, Browser, Mobile Cloud,Video, and Themes. AppGallery alone has approximately 390 million monthly active users generating 180 billion downloads per year. The platform already has a thriving user base (as HMS ships with every Huawei device), being available in 170 countries with 570 monthly active users globally, making it an ideal platform for developers.

A unifying platform

This initiative to encourage developers to create or port their apps in HMS partly comes from the rapid growth of non-smartphone products Huawei has been producing for quite some time. Wearables, tablets, and laptops have all seen increased user adoption year after year, and Huawei believes in a unifying ecosystem of apps and services that work seamlessly across all device types and use cases. Moreover, resource-intensive applications like high-end games can stretch their limits comfortably given HMS’ native support for powerful hardware capabilities found in the likes of the upcoming Mate 30 Series.

President of Philippine Software Industry Association, Jonathan De Luzuriaga, stated his decision to fully support the integration of present and future applications to the HMS. Calling out to Filipino programmers emphasizing that “I come from a nation of developers that are creative, hardworking and brilliant, and I call for Filipino app developers to integrate into the Huawei Mobile Services”. Huawei Developer Day was also joined by 45 partners and 120 app developers including mobile payment apps like GCash and PayMaya, popular carriers Globe and Smart, banking apps, airline apps, government apps and ride-hailing apps like OWTO. 

Building for the future

At the Huawei Developer Day, developers experienced how smoothly they can integrate their app functions in the ecosystem through the extensive capabilities of HMS Core. In addition to tapping into an expansive user base, HMS Core provides a comprehensive suite of tools for developers to build/port their APIs seamlessly with basic services (Account, Map, Location, kits) and growth services (Push kits). Developer Day discusses how HMS works, specifics on services kits and even Openlab Demos.

The Shining Star program

To demonstrate Huawei’s commitment to this endeavor, the company is also injecting the initiative with $1 billion in incentives for developers to build their apps in HMS. Also known as the Shining Star program, this massive push to accelerate development for HMS includes an upcoming expansion of DigiX Innovation Studios to more cities across the globe, as well as the Hala Young Talent Competition. These extensive support programs help foster an open and collaborative environment for developers to grow their innovative instincts in addition to widening their distribution scope.

 According to George Li, “We believe that HMS is the key to strengthening that cohesion, and we encourage developers to experience firsthand how our platform can help them utilize that strength. We value collaborative efforts in all forms, and we hope to achieve more milestones with developers who’ll entrust us with their work.”