Huawei smartphone line president Kevin Ho in Paris
Huawei smartphone line president Kevin Ho in Paris, France, on Tuesday (James de Villiers, Business Insider South Africa)
  • Huawei plans to launch music, video and pay services in Asia-Pacific and Europe in 2019.
  • It already offers these services in China.
  • Huawei revealed its plans after Apple ramped up its services offering on Monday.

The world's second largest smartphone manufacturer Huawei plans to launch music, video and pay services in Asia-Pacific and Europe this year.

This after Apple - one of Huawei’s main competitors - announced an increased focus on services, which will now also include original television production, on Monday.

In reference to Apple’s announcement, Huawei handset division president Kevin Ho said the company will embark on a global roll-out of services like music, video and pay, which it already offers in China.  

“We’d like to launch some new services for our consumers because every year there are a lot of the consumers using Huawei devices,” Ho said at a press briefing following the launch of Huawei P30 in Paris on Tuesday.

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Asked by Business Insider South Africa which regions will get the services first, Ho said for 2019 the company is focussing on Europe and Asia-Pacific.

“[But] we have a plan for different regions, so I would say our target is to provide excellent service globally,” he said.

“[This] depends on the regulation [which] is different from country to country, but we are doing something to prepare.”

Apple has been shifting towards services as its traditional hardware business started showing signs of decline.

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In its January earnings report, Apple revealed that iPhone sales revenue declined by 15% compared to the year prior, while its services business grew by 19%.

Apple services now include a news service (Apple News), music (Apple Music), money (Apple Pay), gaming (Apple Arcade) and television (Apple TV plus).

De Villiers was a guest of Huawei in Paris.

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