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Huawei Petal Maps is Huawei’s answer to the services such as Google, as this maps services application gradually finding its way among consumers. Petal Maps is available in over 140 countries and regions, lets you get your current location, browse the map, search for places, and add your favorites, as well as displaying real-time traffic conditions, events, and loads more.

Note: Real-time traffic data is currently only available in certain countries/regions.

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Map browsing:

Zoom in and out, adjust the map position, and even tilt and rotate the viewing angle of the map. You can also switch between viewing the full route or just the current section with air gestures during navigation, choose between 2D/3D viewing modes, and view real-time traffic conditions as you browse.

Map searching:

With a huge database of POIs, finding places is easier than ever – simply search for keywords to find places on the map. You can also touch the category icons under the search bar to find recommended places nearby, as well as add places to your favorites.


Real-time traffic data helps you choose a faster route and avoid traffic jams. The app quickly re-plans your route and re-estimates the arrival time whenever you stray from the recommended route.

Air gestures:

Allows you to switch between viewing the full route and the current section with air gestures for safer operations when driving.

Note: This feature currently only supported on Mate 30/40 and P40 series phones running EMUI 11.0 or above.

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What is HMS? All you need to know about Huawei's new mobile ecosystem

By now, you probably know all about Huawei’s infamous US trade ban. The Chinese company cannot conduct business with most US firms, including Google, except on the basis of a restrictive temporary license which has been renewed several times since May 2019.

Given the circumstances, Huawei hasn’t been able to launch new phones with Google Mobile Services (GMS) since last year. Why does it matter? Well, GMS is the heart and soul of most Android smartphones in the market. It comprises dozens of Google apps, APIs, and cloud-based services, such as Google Maps, Google Drive, YouTube, Google Photos, Google Play Store, Google Chrome, and more.

Without GMS, Huawei phones not only miss out on these essential Google products, but they also lack a number of other popular apps like Twitter and Instagram. Plus, many other smaller apps depend on the infrastructure provided by Google through GMS.

Also read:How to download apps on Huawei phones without the Play Store

Huawei’s only solution to combat the lack of GMS was to create its own competing platform — Huawei Mobile Services or HMS.

HMS made its global debut with the launch of the Honor 9X Pro, Huawei Mate XS, and the Honor View 30 Pro. It is now supported by all Huawei phones and tablets, including older Huawei models with GMS launched before the ban. Many Honor phones also support HMS but the former Huawei sub-brand is once again gaining GMS on its newer phones like the Honor 50 series.

So what exactly does HMS contain and what does it mean for your next Huawei/Honor smartphone purchase? Let’s dive in deeper to answer some of those questions.

What are Huawei Mobile Services (HMS)?

HMS is a platform from Huawei that replaces popular Google apps and services like Gmail, Maps, cloud storage, etc on your Huawei and Honor phones. HMS also provides third-party developers with tools and services for creating their own apps. With HMS, Huawei aims to do for its own ecosystem everything that Google does for users and developers in the mainstream Android ecosystem.

HMS has a user-facing component (AppGallery and other first-party Huawei apps and services) and a developer-facing component, called HMS Core. HMS Core is made up of various APIs, SDKs, and services that developers can use to create and improve apps.

HMS is available on the global variants of the Huawei Mate 40, Huawei P40, Mate 30 Pro, Mate XS,  Honor 9X Pro, View 30 Pro, and more, complete with the pre-installed App Gallery. These are phones that Huawei launched post-US ban. HMS is also available, alongside GMS, on many other Huawei models launched before the ban.

Huawei claims that HMS already has more than 650 million global monthly active users and that its App Gallery is available in 170+ countries. We expect all future Huawei phones, including the upcoming P50 series, to run HMS. Even if Huawei somehow gets access to GMS again in the future, it’s very likely that the company will continue to develop and promote HMS on its devices.

What does HMS contain?

On the user-facing side, HMS offers a bunch of services that aim to replace GMS. The most significant of them is the Huawei App Gallery, an alternative to the all-important Google Play Store. Below is a list of all the core services HMS has to offer. For the sake of clarity, we’ve created a separate section for the Huawei App Gallery at the end of this list.

Related:Huawei will update 100 devices with Harmony OS

Huawei ID

The first and foremost requirement of using HMS is a Huawei ID. Just like Apple ID or a Google account, Huawei ID lets you customize your Huawei devices. Some of your personal data, including contacts, messages, Wi-Fi passwords, and such are synced to your Huawei ID.

Huawei Mobile Cloud

Huawei Mobile Cloud works in sync with Huawei ID to give you access to all your device data in one place. It’s essentially where things like photos, videos, contacts, calendars, notes, and more to are stored for backup. You get up to 5GB of cloud storage for free, after which you can purchase additional storage up to 2TB. If you want to access your Huawei cloud data on a PC, you can head to to see your entire backup.

Huawei Assistant

The global variants of the Honor 9X Pro, Huawei Mate XS, and Honor View 30 Pro are all equipped with the Huawei Assistant, a virtual assistant that replaces the core functions of the Google Assistant. It facilitates information search and apps accessibility. It also has a SmartCare feature that provides access to contextual cards for stocks and sports, covering 150 sporting events and more than 150 stock markets. All upcoming devices running EMUI 10 or above will come equipped with the digital assistant.

Huawei Themes

Huawei Themes is HMS’ theming app. It basically lets you personalize your phone with various themes, fonts, icons, locks screens, and wallpapers.

Huawei Music

This is the company’s own music streaming service. Huawei hasn’t really said much about it till now and it might not be available on all devices globally right now. However, an official page for the service tells us that it’ll house music from popular artists just like any other music streaming app. It’ll also divide music according to different genres, moods, regions, and more. A party mode feature will let users play the same track simultaneously on different mobile phones for a shared listening experience.

Huawei Video

The Huawei Video streaming service is available on Huawei and Honor devices running EMUI version 5 or higher. It currently only works for those who have Huawei IDs registered in Italy or Spain. The service features European and Spanish TV series, short videos, sports videos, documentaries, and movies.

Huawei Browser

The Huawei Browser is what the name says: a tool to surf the internet. The browser also comes with an integrated newsfeed and features a Dark Mode for ease of use.

Huawei AppGallery

The Huawei App Gallery replaces the Google Play Store on Huawei and Honor phones. Huawei has invested upwards of a billion dollars to create apps for the App Gallery, which, according to the company, has already amassed a user base of 530 million monthly active users.  We’re not sure how Huawei came up with these numbers and if they’re actually legit. No third-party research organization has verified Huawei’s claims so far, so it’s best to take those numbers with a grain of salt.

Related: Google warns against sideloading its apps on Huawei devices

The App Gallery has been around for a while. However, it still doesn’t have a bunch of popular apps, putting it nowhere near the  Google Play Store or even Apple’s App Store.

Currently, it segments applications across 18 different categories, including news, social media, entertainment, and more.

So just which popular apps can you find on the App Gallery?

Well, for now, you can find big names like Snapchat, WhatsApp, TikTok, Deezer, Amazon, Amazon Prime Videos,, The Financial Times, BBC News, and more on the Huawei App Gallery. It also has some popular mobile games onboard.

Sadly, apps like Instagram, Twitter, and more are still absent from Huawei’s app store. However, we hear that at least some of those are will make it to App Gallery soon.

Obviously, there’s no YouTube, Gmail, Google Photos, Google Maps, Drive, etc. These apps would probably not be available on Huawei phones until the US ban remains is lifted, provided Google would even want to publish them on Huawei’s competing app store.

On the upside, Huawei says that if users can’t find an app on the App Gallery, they can submit the desired app name to a Wishlist. Once that app becomes available, the user who submitted it via Wishlist will get notified.

The Huawei App Gallery also offers an app called Petal Search. It is a one-stop-shop for search, news, images, and app. If you have a Huawei P40-series device, Petal Search will be pre-installed. If you’re on an older device like our Mate 30 Pro, you will have to install the app via Huawei App Gallery.

A noteworthy feature of Huawei’s App Gallery is something called Quick Apps. Much like Google’s Instant Apps, these are installation-free apps that consume very little memory but work like native apps. Huawei says users can have more than 2,000 Quick Apps in place of 20 native apps with just 1GB of space. We don’t really know which apps are available in the form of Quick Apps, but the company claims that there are more than 1,700 of them released so far and more are on the way.

Besides developing its own App Gallery, Huawei is also reportedly working with Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo to develop a unified app uploading service that would make it easier for developers to distribute their apps to users of the four OEMs. Not much is being said about this initiative right now so it might be a while before it goes official.

Read:Don’t underestimate the Chinese app store alliance

Meanwhile, if you’d like to try out the Huawei App Gallery, you can download it from here.

HMS Core: The behind-the-scenes action

When it comes to HMS, a lot is going on at the developer side of things.

HMS includes a set of developer services called HMS Core. These include tools for location tracking, sign-ins, in-app purchases, ads, face detection, text recognition, and more. Developers can use these core services as well as other APIs and SDKs provided by Huawei to create applications for HMS.

Huawei built its own version of important APIs that developers would otherwise rely on GMS for. Without these APIs, a number of Android apps would simply not work on Huawei phones. This is why some Google apps can be sideloaded on Huawei phones but don’t actually work.

Back in December 2019, Huawei promised developers that, if their app exists on the Play Store, it will take them less than 10 minutes to port it over to HMS. The company has hundreds of APIs available across a number of dev kits that’ll help developers create apps for HMS.

Besides providing developers with the necessary tools, Huawei also incentivizes them with cash to port their apps to HMS. The company is reportedly working with developers in every market to ensure that top Android apps are preinstalled on Huawei phones.

It’s evident that Huawei still has a long way to go before its services can truly compete with those from Google.

Huawei Mobile Services will also be a learning curve for users who have become comfortable with Google’s products over the years. Unfortunately, Huawei can’t really do much under the circumstances, except for expanding its own ecosystem. Hopefully, it’ll become stronger over the next few months and years or, in a perfect world, their troubles will end and GMS will once again be allowed in Huawei phones.

We will update this article as and when Huawei adds more features and services to HMS.


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Huawei Mobile Services

Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) is Huawei's alternative to Google Mobile Services (GMS) and contains the Apps and services which launch with the devices as standard.[1]

HMS consists of seven key services and HMS Core which supports app development on the platform. These are Huawei ID, Cloud, AppGallery, Themes, Huawei Video, Browser, Assistant. Huawei Quick Apps is the alternative to Google Instant Apps.[2]

By January 2020, over 50,000 apps had been integrated with HMS Core.[3] Its rival, Google Mobile Services has 3 million apps on Google's Play Store.[4] The AppGallery claimed 180 billion downloads in 2019.[3]

In March 2020, HMS was used by 650 million monthly active users across 170 countries.[5]

[6]A Chinese phone manufacturer, LeTV, hosted a smartphone business communication meeting in Beijing on September 27, 2021, to demonstrate its phone, the LeTV S1. This was the first smartphone from a third-party manufacturer to include Huawei Mobile Services (HMS).

HMS on Android and HarmonyOS[edit]

May 2019 proved to be a significant change to HMS, when Google was prohibited from working with Huawei on any new devices.[7] This also included bundling Google's Apps, including Gmail, Maps and YouTube.[8]

Any new Huawei devices launched after 16 May 2019 were unable to receive updates from Google services and would be considered 'uncertified' meaning Huawei's only solution at the time was to turn HMS into a genuine competitor to Google and incentivize app developers to utilize the platform.[9][10]

HMS is available on the Honor 9X Pro, View 30 Pro, Huawei Mate XS. HMS is also available, alongside GMS, on many other Huawei models launched before the ban.[10]

Huawei promised developers it would take, “less than 10 minutes", to port their app over to HMS - to illustrate the ease of portability between Google's Play Store and the HMS AppGallery.[10]

HMS Core[edit]

HMS Core is a hub for Huawei Mobile Services and serves as a toolkit for app development on Huawei devices. The core comprises Development, Growth and Monetizing[11] and was created as a replacement for Google Mobile Services (GMS) Core.[12] HMS Core 5.0 debuted in September 2020[13] and HMS Core 6.0 launched in June 2021 with extended support for Huawei's cloud services.[14]

As of June 2021, the number of registered developers within the HMS ecosystem was 4 million, and the number of apps integrations with HMS Core had reached 134,000.[14]

HMS AppGallery[edit]

Main article: Huawei AppGallery

The HMS AppGallery has a key rival, Google's Play Store on Android. The HMS AppGallery is available in 170 countries, across 78 languages.[15]

By summer 2019, registered developers to develop apps for the AppGallery grew to 910,000 (from 450,000 the year previous) and Core app integration doubled in the same timeframe.[16]


The reception of HMS is mixed, with the majority of discussion based around the key Google/Android apps which are not yet present on the AppGallery and whether or not this presents a significant problem to users.[10][17] The open development of HMS Core, has been regarded by some as benefiting the Android project as a whole, "If Huawei continues to invest in a holistically open approach ... the result could be that we could all end up a bit less beholden to Google".[18]


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  6. ^Li, Deng (28 September 2021). "A third party phone makes its 'return' with Huawei Mobile Services".
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Huawei Mobile Services is an app Huawei offers on all its devices where you can access important information on your account and devices, plus any other Huawei service or product. If you use a Huawei smartphone, this app is the perfect way to manage your account and access all the services Huawei offers.

To use Huawei Mobile Services, you need a Huawei ID, which is the first thing the app will ask for when you use it for the first time.

In the app, you'll find useful tools like HiGame, Hicare, Huawei Wear, Phone Clone, HiCloud, and Huawei Health, among many other options. With these advanced tools, you can enjoy all the services Huawei offers its users, including storing information on the cloud, staying in shape, and recovering your passwords.
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Huawei Mobile Services brings Huawei users many advanced features like Huawei ID, push notifications, payments and other services (availability varies by region).
A Huawei ID is required to access all services, including Themes, Mobile Cloud, HiCare, Phone Clone, Huawei Wear, Huawei Health and many more (availability varies by region).
Users can register a Huawei ID during the application’s first use. Go to Settings > Huawei ID to manage your account and update personal information.

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