16 April 2020
Huawei, the Chinese smartphone company received some serious allegations from the US government and ultimately had its consumer market pulled out from the country in 2018 and later it was put in the US blacklist in 2019. This, of course, did some serious damage to Huawei’s business. The harm was big and it still is despite Huawei has come up with a couple of workarounds.
The Chinese company became successful in building its own Play Store alternative, AppGallery. It also launched its own operating system called HarmonyOS last year but these are not the only roadblocks it had.
Huawei is not allowed to pre-load a suite of Google apps on its phones, which is a big concern out of China where Google apps are quite in demand. So, to overcome this hurdle, Huawei’s consumer division in 2019, Eric Xu, Huawei’s rotating chairman has a strategy and he believes this may work out.
Huawei is not allowed to pre-load Google suite of apps on its new devices but it can invite them to be on its AppGallery store of apps. Thus interested users will be able to download Google apps from its app store. This means Xu is looking to build an environment similar to what Apple’s App Store offers. Google services are available through Apple’s App Store as well, so they can be deployed on Huawei’s AppGallery as well.
We hope Google services can be available through our AppGallery, just like how Google services are available through Apple’s App Store,” Xu said in Mandarin, according to CNBC’s translation.
This suggestion from Xu will allow Huawei’s users outside of China to get access to the apps that are not available right now.