Huawei Developer’s Day 2021: Huawei builds better digital ecosystem for Pinoy users

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Smartphone company Huawei showcased the better digital ecosystem it has built for Filipino users during Huawei Developer’s Day 2021, a platform where developers can learn the latest industry trends of mobile devices.

Growing AppGallery

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During the event, Huawei reported that its AppGallery ranks third in the global app marketplace, with 4.5 million registered app developers as of the second quarter of 2021, 550 million app users, and 141 thousand apps integrated with Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) core.

The number of app developers kept growing, posting a 77 percent year-on-year increase. The same goes with the apps integrated with HMS core, recording a 118 percent year-on-year increase. In the Philippines, 96 percent of the top local apps can already be found in Huawei AppGallery.

“You know it is impossible for us to have these achievements, [this] growth, and programs without their continuous support of Huawei,” said George Li, Country Head of the Consumer Business Group of Huawei Philippines. “So we are here to meet, to continue to bring out the best in the market and we are encouraging you all to partner with us,” he added.

Li also shared that Huawei invested US$1 million to encourage app developers to compete in different categories that include fintech, gaming, and women-centric services.

HMS Core 6.0

Huawei also presented how it continues to improve its ecosystem from launching Themes in 2013, the AppGallery in 2018, Huawei Wallet in 2019, Portal Search, HMS Core 5.0, Video, and Ads in 2020 to HarmonyOS and HMS Core 6.0 this year.

Huawei Philippines Head of Ecosystem Charlie Kong showed how HMS Core 6.0 further opens up Huawei’s advanced technologies in media applications, graphics rendering, and network acceleration. In the media field, a new multimedia pipeline service, AV Pipeline Kit, helps developers solve the pain points of difficult audio and video application development. For graphics, the 3D Modeling Kit provides developers with AI-based object modeling and material production capabilities. In the area of communications, the Network Kit improved its AI network environment prediction to optimize network parameters based on business network access rules and differentiated network requirements. This reduces the network latency of applications by more than 20 percent.

HarmonyOS

Huawei also forged partnerships with key industry players to reinforce its approach in addressing the needs of the local market. This includes e-wallet app GCash, telemedicine app KonsultaMD, and entertainment app Wish 107.5. With HarmonyOS, Huawei's new global operating system, you can run these apps on a wide range of smart devices.

Huawei Consumer Cloud Service APAC Senior Technical Manager Godwin Wong said there are four main breakthroughs for HarmonyOS 2 — DecoupledOS and hardware, sharing capabilities between devices, smooth and low latency operation, and the DevEco Studio. These allow multiple AI devices to recognize, connect, and synergize with HarmonyOS.

Petal Nearby

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Huawei’s AI-powered mobile search engine Petal Search also gets an upgrade with a new function, Petal Nearby. This high-traffic portal will assist local businesses in connecting with potential customers in their locality.

Conversely, users who do not want to go farther from their homes in the context of the mobility restrictions due to the pandemic can find accessible businesses and services. Petal Nearby assembles a varied array of local shops and businesses including food and beverages, automotive care, hotels, entertainment, attractions, and education.

In case you missed Huawei Developer Day 2021, you can watch the recorded livestream of the event on the official Facebook page of AppGallery for more information on HarmonyOS, HMS Core 6.0, and Petal Nearby.