Leading supplier of telecommunications equipment and second largest seller of smartphones in the world on Q2 2020, Huawei has been dealing with restrictive US measures for just over a year. Initially present only on the Chinese versions of the brand's smartphones / tablets and on the devices of its subsidiary Honor, the App Gallery has become the group's default application store in all regions of the world. In the space of a few months, its catalog was enriched despite the absence of Google services. Huawei estimates the number of active App Gallery users worldwide at 490 million, and 33 million in Europe. What is Huawei's experience worth today?
No more Play Store on Huawei / Honor smartphones, why?
Suspected of spying on behalf of the Chinese government, Huawei is in the crosshairs of several countries and more particularly of the United States. The Trump administration is tightening up sanctions against it, notably by prohibiting American companies from collaborating with Chinese society. It is therefore impossible for the latter to have its new smartphones certified as the Mate 30 Pro and the P40 Pro by Google and integrate its services as well as the Play Store. The latest restrictive measure, which came into effect on September 15, prevents its subsidiary HiSilicon from producing Kirin chips for its devices.
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Popular apps and games available
The App Gallery lists 96,000 applications that run entirely with Huawei Mobile Services (HMS). By way of comparison, note that the Play Store and the App Store have 2,100,000 and 1,800,000 applications respectively in September 2020. According to the Chinese company, more than 5,000 apps will make their entry each month on its library applications.
Number of applications per store – Source: Statista
The Chinese giant is reaching out to developers to encourage them to feed the App Gallery. He has notably invested more than 1.5 billion dollars in his shop and recovers 15% of the income generated on its platform where Google and Apple pocket double (30%).
Big names are now available but others are still missing. So we have listed the most popular apps that you can download right now from the App Gallery. This selection will be updated according to the new inputs and outputs:
- The good corner
As for games, the App Gallery is teeming with titles. Among the best known, we find:
- Asphalt 9: Legends
- Trial Xtreme 4
- Lords Mobile
- Rise of Kingdoms
- Marvel strike force
The App Gallery
As you can see, there are many applications missing. We think in particular of Facebook, Messenger, Instagram or Netflix. Huawei has nevertheless provided a solution for users of these applications with TrouvApp then with Petal Search. Both take the form of a search engine allowing us to access applications not in the App Gallery. They invite us to download their apk (WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram) or to go through the web version of the desired application (YouTube). Obviously, it is impossible to take advantage of applications developed by Google (Gmail, Maps, Drive, etc.).
Huawei could soon become independent from Android thanks to HarmonyOS, its multi-platform home operating system. The manufacturer presented version 2.0 of the OS in September 2020 and plans to gradually integrate it into its devices in 2021. A good means of pressure against the US government in short.
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