Leading technology brand Huawei unveiled the progress of a range of services, open capabilities and partnership collaborations about HMS Ecosystem at its fifth annual Huawei Eco-Connect Europe (HCE) flagship event on 20-21 October.
HCE 2020 featured a number of key announcements from Huawei Mobile Services including the rapid growth of HMS Ecosystem in Europe, along with updates to Huawei Developer Program including Shining-star incentive, Apps Up HMS App Innovation Contest and the launch of new Student Developer Program in Europe.
Innovate and grow together with Huawei Mobile Services
More than 700 million Huawei users globally, including 80 million in Europe, have access to a comprehensive digital experience through HMS apps such as AppGallery, Browser, Mobile Cloud, Assistant and Themes. At the same time, with entertainment apps – including Video, Music and more amongst many others – users get to enjoy having diverse entertainment options. These apps combine global and localised premium content to meet users’ multifaceted digital needs. Leveraging the excellent software and hardware performance and the All-Scenario experience brought by HMS ecosystems, HMS phone remains popular among European consumers.
Dr. Jaime Gonzalo, vice president of Mobile Services Europe, Huawei Consumer Business Group
Huawei is dedicated to building a global HMS ecosystem. In the past year, Huawei has invested heavily in the research and development of HMS Core’s open capabilities and have launched HMS Core 5.0 globally in June 2020. There are now 56 HMS Core capabilities and 13K open APIs, up from 14 kits and 885 APIs at last year’s Huawei Developer Conference (HDC), creating more possibilities for global developers, enabling apps and digital service innovation. Huawei’s HMS ecosystem is currently the world’s third largest mobile app ecosystem, with over 1.8 million registered developers worldwide and 96,000 applications integrated with HMS Core by the end of 2020 August.
Huawei also aims to empower innovation and growth for diverse industry sectors in Europe. With the 1 billion USD “Shining-Star” incentive program across the world, developers can benefit from comprehensive full lifecycle support and create a smart mobile service innovation ecosystem. With plans for further expansion, the program has accumulatively inspired more than 10,000 innovative apps worldwide, including over 1,000 vertical industry partners. Huawei has already opened its DigiX Labs in Dublin and Düsseldorf, equipped with 5G, All-Scenario environment. Developers can come visit the labs or use their advanced cloud testing and debugging services online, with local support by more than 150 developer technical support engineers.
HSD programme in Europe to help young talents achieve more
The innovative potential of young people, combined with the power of technology, is already proving to be a powerful force in shaping the world we live in. Taking the stage of HCE and its DigitALL Night, Huawei announces the Huawei Student Developer Program in Europe.
Three-year vision of Huawei Student Developer Programme in Europe
Over the next three years, Huawei will invest €1 million in the programme incentives, partnering with more than 100 universities to provide tools and support to help more young people create the apps of the future. This will include giving students free access to over 30 development course and 100 virtual Codelabs. By joining HSD, students can enjoy mentorship sessions from more than 150 Huawei engineers and industry peers in Europe. Our goal is to help students connect with each other, explore Huawei Mobile services open capabilities and learn how to use HMS Core SDKs to create cutting edge applications, including Map, VR/AR and Machine Learning features.
“Our vision for Huawei Student Developer Program is to help nurture young talent and give tech-savvy and change resilient young people the skills and mind-sets to create innovative apps and services to engage future generations,” said Jervis Su, vice president of Mobile Services, Huawei Consumer Business Group.
To register in the HSD program, students can sign up on Huawei Developer website or join through the Huawei ICT Academy in selected universities.
Announcement of Apps Up Contest Top 20 in Europe
During DigitALL Night, Huawei also announces the Top 20 shortlisted apps for Europe as part of Huawei Apps Up HMS App Innovation Contest. On Jun.30th, Huawei announced its HMS App Innovation contest, inviting developers globally to compete for $1 million in total cash prizes. The contest is seeking inventive uses of the functionality provided by HMS Core. Throughout 3 months the contest gathered 2000 teams, who have submitted more than 700 innovative apps and games.
The finalists announced are now a step closer to winning a piece of the 1 Million USD Awards in the categories of Best App, Best Game, and Most Socially Impactful App.
“Through the Apps Up contest, we hoped to unearth innovators within the developer community, helping to turn their ideas into reality, as well as providing them with a platform to showcase their work to over 700 million Huawei mobile users. I was impressed by the quantity and most importantly by the quality of the applications. It’s amazing to see a fresh take of young creative minds on social, educational, health issues combined with proficient use of the cutting – edge technologies.” Said Dr. Jaime Gonzalo, Vice President of Mobile Services Europe, Huawei Consumer Business Group.
From 21 October the top 20 apps from each region session will be made available for public voting through the contest webpage and HUAWEI AppGallery. The most popular entries will receive additional scores at the finals event.
With AppGallery's continued growth and position as one of the top three global app marketplace, winners of the Apps UP contest will get the chance to have their apps promoted on HUAWEI AppGallery, making them accessible to mobile users worldwide.
In Europe, for Europe
20 years ago, Huawei established its first European R&D centre in Sweden. This was the first step of many that has seen a strong and lasting collaboration emerge. Building on our common history, values and interests, we aim to take this partnership beyond 2020 to support digital leadership for Europe and a better future for everyone.
Huawei Mobile Services will continue to leverage its leading technology and capabilities to empower industrial development in Europe as well as promote innovation among individuals and medium enterprises. Huawei is committed to contributing to society by helping European partners and developers bring innovative digital experiences to their consumers and to establish their digital sovereignty through open and mutually beneficial technologies.
Huawei eco-Connect Europe 2020 is an annual flagship event hosted by Huawei for European ICT industry, and is held online from October 20th to 21st, 2020. This year's conference is themed on "New Value Together" and aims to establish an open, cooperative, and shared platform for customers and partners to explore new opportunities for an intelligent future. For more information please visit:
Video killed the PLA Star: Cartoons and popstars last resort to attract “Baby” soldiers
It happens but rarely that a totalitarian regime accepts its mistakes publicly, and that too when the eyes of the entire world are fixated on its smallest of steps. So when the latest population census shows a massive decline in births across China, it is reason to be worried. The CCP has long tooted its own horn about the success of its One Child policy which ‘stabilised’ their population at 1.4 billion. But large numbers have their own Malthusian logic - writes Henry St George.
Though seemingly counterintuitive, a large population is a boon for any country, provided it is handled properly. Now the same all-knowing party has been forced to retract its past statements and false proclamations and forced to ‘liberalise’ their child-rearing policy to allow upto three children per family. Unfortunately, birthing cannot be increased at the push of a button, nor can it be planned at five year intervals. Coercion, the preferred policy of the CCP in all its foreign and domestic dealings, has no major impact on this aspect.
The CCP’s policy of restricting the fertility rates for Chinese women in 1979 led to a decline from 2.75 in 1979 to 1.69 in 2018 and finally 1.3, as per the latest census. For a country to remain in that ‘optimal’ zone of balancing between the youth and the aged, the rate needs to be near or equal to 2.1, a distant target to achieve in the short term, regardless of incentives. The CCP modified their policy in 2013 when they allowed couples, themselves single children, to have two children. This bizarre restriction was removed entirely in 2016 and now the policy allows up to three children. This is in total contrast to the inhuman efforts by the CCP to curtail the birth rates of Uighur women in the Xinjiang region. Using vasectomy and artificial implements forcefully, the Uighur population rate has been reduced to its lowest since 1949, which is nothing but genocide. To put a number on it, Chinese birth control policies could cut between 2.6 to 4.5 million births of the Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in southern Xinjiang within 20 years, up to a third of the region's projected minority population. Already, official birth rates have dropped by 48.7% between 2017 and 2019.
The drop in population has been so severe that President Xi Jinping had to hold an emergency meeting of the Political Bureau of the CCP’s Central Committee on 01 June where he attempted to incentivise birth of more than one child in the upcoming 14th Five Year Plan (2021-25). However, the wordings in the conference and the policy decisions point to a dictatorial way of implementing this so called incentivisation. “Education and Guidance” will be provided for family and marriage values and a national long and medium term “Population Development Strategy” will be implemented. This policy has been trolled heavily on Weibo where the ordinary Chinese citizens have decried the rising cost of education and living, supporting ageing parents, lack of day care facilities and excessively long working hours.
The impact of this policy has been felt the most in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Though it has left no stone unturned to showcase its disruptive potential against the US and India, in terms of an ‘informationised’ and ‘intelligentised’ warfighting potential, the truth is that it is struggling to retain recruits of adequate intellect and technical skills. Most Chinese youth with even an iota of scope for job opportunities in tech companies, stay miles away from the PLA. The PLA has had to resort to movie-making, producing rap videos and requesting support of movie stars in order to attract and retain Gen Z youth in its ranks. Unlike the previous generations of PLA recruits, most of whom were from peasant families and used to hardships and following orders without questioning them, the new recruits are tech-savvy and are the only ones with capability to operate PLA’s new military toys, whether they are AI, hypersonic missiles or drones. Due to the emphasis on civil-military fusion, PLA has been able to modernise its military rapidly but has forgotten that the military is as good as its soldiers and officers. The desperation for recruitment can be made out of the fact that height and weight norms have been diluted, professional psychotherapists are being brought in to counsel them and exo-skeletons and drones are being used to ensure that the troops face minimal hardship. All these are excellent training methods for a peacetime army but such ‘mollycoddling’ and degraded physical standards will lead to a rout during wartime.
The One-Child policy of 1979 also implies that more than 70% of PLA troops are from one-child families and this number increases to 80% when it comes to combat troops. Though it is an open secret that more than four PLA soldiers died in the Galwan Valley clash with Indian troops last year, the CCP has managed to keep this fact a secret, aware of the possibilities of social and political disturbances that may mar its successful hold on information dissemination. Even the death of the four soldiers created a huge uproar on social media websites in China despite being heavily censored. Bloggers and journalists arguing to the contrary have either been jailed or disappeared. This is a natural reaction of a society which has been kept in an information vacuum for the past 20 years, and which has been diet-fed the myth of its own invulnerability and invincibility. The last war that China fought was in 1979 and that too with hardened Mao-era soldiers intoxicated with Communist ideology. The modern Chinese society has not seen war or its after-effects. When their own ‘precious’ children start to fall, the wailing will shock the CCP out of power.
Lithuania turns against China’s aggression
It has recently become known that Lithuania has decided to quit the '17+1' economic and political co-operation format between China and Central and Eastern European countries, as it believes the format is divisive, writes Juris Paiders.
The Lithuanian minister of foreign affairs told the media: “Lithuania no longer sees itself as a member of '17+1' and will not take part in any of the format’s activities. From an EU viewpoint, this is a divisive format, therefore I would like to urge all member states to strive for a more effective cooperation with China as part of the '27+1' [format].”
The 17+1 format was established to further cooperation between China and 17 European nations – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czechia, Greece, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and North Macedonia. Lithuania joined the format in 2012.
Critics of the format believe that it undermines EU unity, while its supporters say it is a valuable instrument for maintaining relations with China, as Lithuania doesn’t have the same capabilities of maintaining high-level bilateral contacts with Beijing as the larger European countries have. It’s unnecessary to add that the welfare of the supporters of the format directly depends on Beijing’s money.
China’s investments in Lithuania and bilateral trade aren’t very substantial, but last year saw an unprecedented increase in China’s cargo flows via Lithuanian railways.
Lithuanian intelligence services have warned that China wants to increase its global influence by securing foreign economic support for political issues that are important to Beijing. All three Baltic states have publicly expressed similar sentiments regarding China’s activities in the region.
In mid-May, The European Parliament (EP) decided to not discuss the investment contract between EU and China until the sanctions imposed by China against MEPs and scientists remain in force.
The Lithuanian Parliament passed a resolution condemning crimes against humanity in China and the Uyghur genocide.
Lithuania has also urged the UN to launch an investigation into the Uyghur “re-education camps” in Xinjiang, as well as asked the European Commission to review the relations with China’s communist leadership.
In response, the Chinese embassy expressed that the aforementioned resolution is a “low-grade political charade” that is based on lies and misinformation, also accusing Lithuania of meddling in China’s internal affairs. However, China is also using Lithuania’s marginal media outlets to paint itself in a positive light. In the following weeks, we can expect that the remaining Baltic states and Poland will also withdraw from the 17+1 format, which will undoubtedly provoke a negative reaction from Chinese embassies.
TMview database expands to Chinese market
On 19 May, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) officially launched the inclusion of Chinese trade marks into TMview. Following the signing of the Agreement on Exchange of IP information by the parties in September 2020, intense technical cooperation between the EU and China intellectual property offices made the launch possible. Over 32 million registered Chinese trade marks are now available online under the TMview one-stop shop.
CNIPA Commissioner Shen Changyu and EUIPO Executive Director Christian Archambeau held a virtual meeting to celebrate the inclusion of Chinese trade marks into TMview.
Archambeau said: "The go-live of Chinese trade mark data in the TMview database is a tribute to the mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Europe in general, and more specifically between the China National Intellectual Property Administration and the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
"This is a welcome step forward in the efficiency and transparency of the global trade mark system since about 28 million Chinese trade marks are now accessible for a free, multi-lingual search via the internet. This will help Chinese and European businesses, of all sizes, including the small and medium-sized enterprises who are increasingly tackling global markets."
TMview currently covers the EU and other regions across the world. Following the inclusion of Chinese registered trade marks, TMview will increase from over 62 million to more than 90 million items from 75 IP Offices. In other words, around 28 million trade marks registered in China will be available in the global TMview database.
The inclusion of Chinese trade marks into TMview was possible thanks to the support of IP Key China, an EU-funded project that promotes intellectual property rights in China and cooperates with local authorities.
TMview is an international information tool used by the IP community to search trade marks in given countries. Thanks to TMview, businesses and practitioners can consult details of a trade mark such as the country, goods and/or services, type and registration date.
TMview contains the trade mark applications and registered marks of all EU national IP offices, the EUIPO and a number of international partner offices outside the EU.
About the EUIPO
The EUIPO is a decentralized agency of the EU, based in Alicante, Spain. It manages the registration of the European Union trade mark (EUTM) and the registered Community design (RCD), both of which provide intellectual property protection in all EU member states. The EUIPO also carries out cooperation activities with the national and regional intellectual property offices of the EU.
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