Huawei P40 to launch in March 2020 with Huawei’s version of Google Mobile Services
Owing to the political situation between Huawei and the USA, the company was forced to release the Mate 30 Pro without the most crucial part of Android — Google Play Services. Huawei had no alternative to the proprietary Google Mobile Services (GMS) for the device and as such, the device took a huge hit in sales. Earlier this year in November though, we got our first look at Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) and HMS Core — the company’s in-house alternative to GMS, consisting of both user-facing apps and background apps. HMS aims to provide users with an experience that’s consistent across devices and independent of the platform update. And much like how GMS is made up of app elements and core elements, the HMS ecosystem comprises of HMS Apps, the HMS Core, and the HMS Capabilities that the Core enables through its available APIs. While HMS still hasn’t made an appearance on any Huawei device yet, a senior official from the company has now revealed that it will be rolled out with the Huawei P40 series next year.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Technologies Consumer Business Group, has confirmed to Frandroid that the Huawei P40 will be launched towards the end of March during an event in Paris and it will feature the HMS ecosystem. Yu further revealed that the P40 series will offer users a completely new design, improved imaging props, better performance, and improved AI capabilities. Much like all smartphones launching next year, the Huawei P40 will run Android 10 out of the box with the company’s EMUI 10 skin on top. Interestingly, Yu also promised that the upcoming smartphone will be marketed via the classic distribution channels, operators and resellers included, which suggests that the company is planning a wide-scale release despite the recent setbacks.
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