Huawei reveals streaming music and cloud service for SA

 ·20 Mar 2018

Huawei says it will launch six new cloud based services in South Africa in 2018, including a streaming music and a mobile payment platform.

The Shenzhen-based mobile and technology company said it will launch these services locally, before moving into the sub-Saharan Africa region.

It comes after the group announced in December that it would launch a localised app store in Africa. The app store would be pre-installed on Huawei devices and will include a variety of content.

“Huawei’s consumer mobile services in Africa will include an app store for locally-developed games, music, movies, books, and other content,” the company said.

“We are also planning to launch African themes and cloud storage.”

Huawei underlined the six new services at a media event in Sandton on Tuesday. They include:

  • App Gallery – to include local developers to showcase their apps on the platform.
  • Theme Store – which offers themes for users’ devices.
  • Huawei Music – digital music streaming platform. The service will include 80% South African music at launch in 2018. International music will be added thereafter.
  • HiCloud – a personal data cloud storage service.
  • Huawei Mobile Payment – a mobile payments platform. Current potential banking partners include Nedbank and FNB.
  • Screen Magazine – an advertising platform.

Read: Huawei sees big jump in smartphone market share in South Africa

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