The key to any smartphone platform is its ecosystem of apps. This is because without these apps, what good is your hardware if there is no software that can take advantage of it, right? This is the problem with BlackBerry and Microsoft’s Windows Phones back in the day, where there was nothing wrong with the hardware, it’s just that there was a lack of developer support compared to iOS and Android.
However, Huawei doesn’t seem to have that problem with its HarmonyOS. The company has recently revealed that to date, there are 134,000 apps available for its new platform and that over 4 million developers have signed on for it. This is impressive because if we’re looking at just one app per developer, that’s at least 4 million apps that could be created already.
For those unfamiliar, HarmonyOS is Huawei’s answer to Google’s Android system. Given the current trade war between the US and China, Huawei has been caught in the middle and is unable to use Google’s services for its smartphones. This forced Huawei to start developing alternatives including an alternative mobile platform.
However, HarmonyOS is expected to be more than just a smartphone platform. Huawei has envisioned that it could be used for all manner of smart gadgets like smart TVs, smart home appliances, and more.