Whether Huawei’s HarmonyOS is a fork of Android or not doesn’t matter all that much. What does matter is the fact that since it doesn’t have access to Google’s services, it needs to have the necessary apps and features that Android fans are accustomed to. This is especially true considering that Huawei confirmed that HarmonyOS is already available on more than 10 million devices.
HarmonyOS 2.0 was unveiled last week alongside the new Huawei Watch while the company also teased its upcoming flagship in the Huawei P50. Today, Huawei has confirmed that more than four million developers have joined the ranks to build apps for the HarmonyOS platform. The company also confirmed that there are more than 130,000 apps available to download that use HMS Core.
In an effort to entice even more developers, Huawei has announced the HMS Global Application Innovation Competition. This is essentially a workshop for developers to create new and innovative apps for HarmonyOS. Huawei is offering a $1 million prize pool but is also offering other awards including market support, incentives for using HMS Core, and more.
Huawei seems to be doing everything it can to try and not let its mobile division suffer the dreadful fate of being obsolete. The company is still working on new devices, and for the sake of competition in the smartphone market, we are hoping that everything works out.
While it’s unlikely that we’ll see a Huawei phone land in the U.S. in the near future, the company still has plenty of fans and a sizable userbase in the rest of the world. It will be interesting to see how Huawei tries to continue enticing developers to build apps for this “new” platform.