To survive the difficult 2020, Huawei will focus on promoting the landing of Hongmeng OS in the next step: replacing Android
A year later, Huawei survived.
After a difficult year in the past, Huawei released its latest financial report as scheduled: In 2020, Huawei’s revenue and profit have achieved positive growth,
respectively 891.4 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 3.8%, and a net profit of 64.6 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase.
An increase of 3.2% was basically in line with Huawei’s expectations.
It is worth mentioning that the consumer business, which is most affected by the cut-off of the chip supply chain, has maintained a growth rate of 3.3% in the past year, which is not easy.
it should be noted that Huawei was only officially cut off from its chip supply chain on September 15 last year. Relying on chip inventory, Huawei’s mobile phone business did not experience a “cliff” decline.
With the gradual exhaustion of chip inventories, this year may be the most difficult year for Huawei’s consumer business.
So, how will Huawei’s consumer business face the toughest time ahead?
In the entire consumer business, Huawei has always adhered to the 1+8+N strategy.
As chip supply is blocked, Huawei will shift its focus from “1” to “8+N”. In the past year, Huawei’s revenue from wearables, tablets, PCs, large screens and other devices has increased significantly by 65%.
In addition to the “8+N” hardware devices, the main task of Huawei’s consumer business in the future is to still promote the landing of Hongmeng OS.
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The mission of Hongmeng OS: Retain Huawei mobile phone users
According to the previous interview with Wang Chenglu, president of Huawei’s consumer business software department,
Wang Chenglu hopes that Hongmeng OS will allow more Huawei users to stay in the next two years.
Earlier market research reports stated that the longest time most consumers can tolerate replacement is two years.
Huawei clearly hopes to increase consumer stickiness to Huawei mobile phones as much as possible through Hongmeng OS.
on the other hand,Hu Houkun, Huawei’s rotating chairman, mentioned in his financial report that he will continue to release flagship mobile phones in the future.
According to the author’s analysis, Huawei may hope to retain the existing users as much as possible through Hongmeng OS (software) + flagship mobile phones (hardware),
so that Huawei will return to the mobile phone market after it solves the chip problem.
It may also be seen from this point that Huawei has the determination and confidence to solve the chip problem.
Hongmeng OS’s mission:
Hongmeng OS’s mission two: improve the ecosystem of the Internet of things and broaden income channels
When Hongmeng OS was born, it was an Internet of Things operating system for the Internet of Everything era.
It is a full-scene distributed OS system based on a microkernel.
It has the advantages of distributed architecture, natural smoothness, kernel security, and ecological mutual sharing. In particular,
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it realizes modular decoupling, can be deployed flexibly on different platforms, and can be flexibly adapted to various terminal forms in all scenarios.
Therefore, Hongmeng OS can cover far more terminal types than iOS and Android, and the future prospects are very broad.
Divided from the five major scenarios of Huawei’s consumer business, Hongmeng OS will cover major scenarios such as home,
travel, office, sports and health, and audio-visual entertainment in the future.
Through its core function distributed technology, Hongmeng OS will eventually connect these five scenarios to create a seamlessly connected digital world for consumers.
This will also become the core advantage of all Huawei terminal equipment in the future, enabling Huawei’s consumer business to achieve revenue growth without relying on mobile phone products.
The distributed capabilities of Hongmeng OS have been initially demonstrated in Huawei’s smart screen products, such as core functions such as IoT control, smart interaction, multi-screen experience, and multi-screen collaboration.
However, if Hongmeng OS wants to develop further, the establishment of a software ecosystem is also crucial.
In the short term, in order to ensure user experience, Hongmeng OS needs to be compatible with Android applications.
Hongmeng needs to establish Huawei’s own ecosystem while being compatible with the Android ecosystem.
Hu Houkun said at the financial report communication meeting on March 31,At present,
Hongmeng OS has attracted more than 20 hardware vendors and 280 application vendors to participate in ecological construction.
In addition, the HMS ecosystem is also accelerating.
As of the end of 2020, the HMS ecosystem has also become the third largest mobile application ecosystem in the world,
which have been put on the Huawei application market.
The number of overseas applications has increased by more than 10 times compared with 2019.
It is worth mentioning that,The establishment of the Hongmeng Software application ecosystem cannot be completed overnight.
Perhaps it will not be able to provide stable income for Huawei for a long time in the future,
and it will even require high expenditures to attract developers to enter the Hongmeng Software ecosystem.
But as long as it survives the initial investment stage, Hongmeng OS has a great chance to become the next Android system in the future,
and Huawei may also become a “soft and hard” giant.