Huawei Offers $1.5 Billion to Entice Global Developers


Huawei is now offering $1.5 billion to attract global developers to partner with them and help build software for the tech giant amid the tension between them and the U.S. Ken Hu, Huawei Deputy Chairman said that the money is an investment to the company’s existing developer program spread over the next five years. He was talking to attendees at an annual customer conference.

This program was created to attract external parties to develop apps for the companies services including its future chip and computing platforms.  With the launch of Harmony OS, Huawei’s in-house operating system, this initiative will be imperative for the OS to be deemed successful. And with uncertainty over Huawei’s use of Google’s official Android, development of apps to serve its future phones running Harmony OS need to be accelerated.

The Huawei Mate 30 series that are about to be launched tomorrow will come with no Google services and apps and will be a letdown to a lot of users. It has been reported that it will run on an open-source version of Android but we’ll wait and see what Huawei unveils tomorrow.

We already know that Huawei is already working on a Google Maps alternative aptly named Map Kit that is set to launch next month. Map Kit isn’t meant to immediately replace Google Maps but to be a platform for developers to come up with applications that will utilise Map Kit’s mapping capabilities.

Yandex and Booking Holdings, an American company behind and other fare aggregator sites have already shown interest and are partnering with Huawei.

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  1. This is excellent news since it has been revealed that Google, Facebook et al are an arm of the US intelligence “spyware” infrastructure. In fact, the CIA’s investment company, In-Q-Tel, funded Google & Facebook during its early creation.

    Don’t take my word. Do your own research my fellow TechWeezers!
    It’s high time tech users in Africa woke up & quit being naive slaves to US spytech (Whatsapp, Google, Facebook, Apple, etc.). Seek other alternative non-US open source options like HarmonyOS which is based on Linux. I fully support Huawei in this groundbreaking iniative and will be looking to develop apps based on Go (golang). 😉

    • Top-secret Prism program claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Apple and Facebook.
    • Companies deny any knowledge of program in operation since 2007.

    The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.

    The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called Prism, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says.

    source: NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others

    Ever since Thursday’s blockbuster reports from the Washington Post and the Guardian revealing the existence of the National Security Agency’s PRISM — the government program that allegedly works with major Internet companies to collect (some) U.S. citizen data — tech companies have been fighting to distance themselves from the potentially privacy-violating government programs. The Post and the Guardian allege tech companies that participate in the PRISM program — Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple —offered the government “direct access” to their servers full of user information. “From inside a company’s data stream the NSA is capable of pulling out anything it likes,” the Post’s Barton Gellman and Laura Poitras reported.

    source: How Google and Facebook Cooperated with the NSA and PRISM

    If a recently leaked document is any indication, the US National Security Agency — or its UK counterpart — appears to have put on a Google suit to gather intelligence.

    source: NSA disguised itself as Google to spy, say reports

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