Just over a year ago, the US Department of Commerce placed Huawei on its entity list, barring the company from accessing its US supply chain. This prevents the manufacturer from licensing Google Mobile services and installing major Google apps on their phones. The company also cannot install apps such as Play Store, Gmail, Search, Maps, and Drive. That doesn’t matter in China, where most Google apps are banned anyway, but it could affect demand for global versions of the company’s handsets.
Huawei finds a replacement for Google’s YouTube app
Huawei uses an open source version of Android and launched its own Huawei Mobile Services with the recently released P40 series. HMS features Huawei’s own AppGallery app store which includes the Petal Search app. The latter has a cool feature that allows users to search for a particular app. If an app is not found in AppGallery, Petal Search will find a third-party app store that lists the app and provides a link to install it. It will also work with apps developed by US companies such as Snapchat and Instagram, allowing Huawei phone owners to circumvent the Commerce Department ban.
Dailymotion will integrate with Huawei Video
YouTube is another popular app from Google which is not allowed to be installed on Huawei phones. Google acquired the video streaming app in October 2006 for $1.65 billion in Google stock. As with anything the US Commerce Department bars Huawei from, the Chinese manufacturer has been looking for a replacement beyond the reach of the Trump administration. According to a press article by Dailymotion, the video-sharing technology platform located in France has signed an agreement with Huawei Video. Through this new partnership, DailyMotion’s video player technology has been integrated into the Huawei Video app. Dailymotion, for those who don’t know, is the second largest video sharing platform in the world behind YouTube.
Dailymotion notes that “the technology package includes a robust white-label video player, a large volume of international and local video content via Dailymotion’s API as well as a robust video inventory monetization solution.” In other words, Huawei users will have access to a wide selection of videos that can be monetized by including ads with a video. The decision to monetize content is up to Dailymotion video creators. Dailymotion says, “Committed to supporting renowned global publishers like Huawei Video, Dailymotion believes that its video technology solutions will continue to enrich publishers’ content, expand their digital footprint and reach global audiences. It might not be the same content found on YouTube, but the Dailymotion app could include plenty of European content that should find favor with owners of global variants of Huawei handsets.
The international and local content available from Dailymotion is expected to expand the audience of the Huawei Video app. Stéphane Godin, Chief Content Officer of Dailymotion said: “Thanks to all our premium partners, Dailymotion is able to distribute a large amount of videos and playlists to third-party publishers. We are proud to partner with Huawei to make our entire content catalog reach new premium audiences.” A Huawei executive also chimed in. Jervis Su, Vice President of Mobile Services, Huawei Consumer Business Group, said: “We are excited to offer our Huawei Video service so that people around the world can easily explore thousands of videos and movies available from our partners, including Dailymotion, anytime and anywhere. We are Commit to providing more choices for consumers.We also hope it brings joy to everyone’s life at this time.
The United States considers Huawei a national security threat due to a perceived connection to the Chinese communist government. Administration officials believe Huawei’s equipment contains backdoors that collect data from consumers and businesses and send it to Beijing. Huawei has repeatedly denied these allegations.