The US trade restrictions limiting Huawei from using Google’s mobile services on its smartphones don’t seem to be ending anytime soon. This means that Huawei users will have to rely on the Chinese company’s own suite of mobile services. In a new solution to simplify the integration between the two suites a bit, Huawei has introduced an open source solution called the Choice SDK.
The viable solution that enables developers to convert existing Google Mobile Service (GMS) applications into Huawei Mobile Service (HMS) applications is available at GitHub. This SDK was reportedly developed to help make an Austrian banking app available for Huawei phones.
The solution, according to developer BlueSource, has been used by Austrian railways, the postal service, and some other institutions to bring their Google-compatible applications to Huawei’s AppGallery. This for now only supports location, login, analytics, maps and messaging functions, Android Authority reports.
It is logical that the Choice SDK allows developers to save a lot of effort in converting GMS applications into HMS applications, but in particular, it is not a simple button activation that random users will not be able to make anything happen in the end. That said, the open source solution will be a more cost-effective way for developers to bring more apps to Huawei’s app store.
Just yesterday we reported that Huawei AppGallery fell victim to wildcard malware, which was seen in 10 harmless-looking apps in the app store. This had infected more than 500,000 Huawei devices. However, Huawei reacted instantly and removed the questionable apps from the store.