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    Huawei starts to invite Android developers to upload their apps on the AppGallery

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    It has been one month since the United States government add Huawei into its Entity List. Google is the first tech company to stop providing software and security update. A few days ago, Google starts to argue with the US government stating that banning Huawei might lead to a threat to US national security. According to the XDA Developers, Huawei has started to invite trusted app developers to publish their apps on the Huawei’s AppGallery.

    Few of the developers received the email as follow:

    Subject: [OFFICIAL] Invitation to join Huawei AppGallery

    Cher XXX team,

    – In the last 2 years, Huawei shipped over 350M phones, about half of them in western markets.

    – All Huawei phones have our official AppStore “AppGallery” preloaded globally, with 270 million monthly active users.

    – We realized that your great Android App XXX is not yet published in our AppGallery.

    – In order to guarantee a smooth usage of your App for our users, Huawei is committed to provide you with full support, to help you publish your App into AppGallery.

    – We would therefore like to invite you to join our 560k developers community for free, in our Huawei Developer portal.

    If you notice on the email on the left, Huawei is trying to convince the app developers by saying the AppGallery has 270 million monthly active users. Other than that, Huawei also claims their Developer Portal has 560,000 members. We are not sure whether these pieces of information is actually true.

    As we all know Huawei is developing their own operating system called ArkOS. We can expect this operating system by next year. If Huawei’s AppGallery didn’t work well, Huawei has other alternative plans too. According to a report from Bloomberg, Huawei might be in the midst of negotiation with a 3rd party app store called Aptoide.

    The only part we are curious of is what about apps made by the US developers? Is Huawei will be including these apps into their alternative app store? The writer of Ars Technica has revealed a small piece of information on his twitter account. He says that only two out of fifteen famous apps on the Google Play Store will be available to the Huawei devices. The remaining thirteen apps are made by the US developers.

    In conclusion, if you notice at the image above, the two apps which will make its way to Huawei’s app store will be Spotify and TikTok. Users might not be able to download apps such as Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat. This is going to impact the end-users a lot. Let’s wait and watch how Huawei is going to tackle this issue.

    Raaj Lokanathan
    Raaj Lokanathan
    A software engineer as a profession. A tech blogger as a passion.

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