Earlier this month, there was a report of Huawei, teaming up with Xiaomi, OPPO and Vivo working on a Google Play Store alternative. That Google play alternative is now official. Known as the Huawei AppGallery, this will serve as a platform to download apps for HUAWEI smartphone users.
It could be recalled that back in July, Huawei Invited developers to publish Apps on its app store. This was a preparation ground before the official launch of Huawei’s AppGallery. The company also signed a deal with TomTom for Maps and Navigation Services. The ideal was to come up with a Google Maps alternative which the company was barred from using all Google services.
HUAWEI is trying to build a robust ecosystem that can rival the more mature Google Play Store for its HUAWEI smartphone users. They are committed to ensuring security and protection on its platform with many layers of security like developer real-name verification and four-step review process for secure app operation. It also has an age-rating system to protect children from apps that are not suitable for their age. HUAWEI has promised that personally-sensitive information biometric data would only be processed locally on the HUAWEI device.
AppGallery will segregate apps across 18 categories like news, social media, entertainment and more. If an app is missing, users can submit the name to a ‘Wishlist’ and they will get notified when the app goes on-shelf. HUAWEI will take steps to ensure the apps on the AppGallery are optimized for their smartphones using tools like HUAWEI HiAI, which is an open AI capability platform for smart device.
Quick Apps are cost efficient, have easy access for developers, see high retention and are written with less code.
A user can have more than 2,000 Quick Apps compared to 20 native apps with just 1GB of space.#TOGETHERConnectingPossibilities pic.twitter.com/NLBTaboxnb
— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) February 24, 2020
Another feature that HUAWEI’s AppGallery is an installation-free app Ecosystem called Quick Apps. It is a suite of apps that consumes very little memory while providing a good user experience, powerful functions and automatic updates for HTML5 pages. According to HUAWEI, users will be able to accommodate nearly 2,000 Quick Apps with just 1GB of space.