Huawei has built a Play Store alternative, but it could be useless

Huawei has built a Play Store alternative, but it could be useless
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The announcement this past weekend that Google would be cutting all ties with Huawei undoubtedly came as a massive blow. But over the past few months, the smartphone giant has been preparing for this situation. And according to Bloomberg, the company’s own Play Store rival is a key part of the strategy.

In order to minimize its reliance on Google, it’s reported that in late 2018 Huawei began pitching to various app developers. As part of the company's proposed agreement, the developers would create Android apps tailored for Huawei’s digital hub. In exchange, Huawei would offer both marketing support and “app store exposure” in China. Also, to make the process easy, a simple tool that’d modify Play Store app software to work on Huawei’s app store was offered.

Alongside these talks, Huawei reportedly began discussions with multiple European carriers regarding the pre-installation of its app store – called App Gallery – on smartphones. The world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer promised access to 50 million Europeans by the end of last year and a “very significant” revenue cut.

Despite efforts, without access to Android and other American products, Huawei’s App Gallery is probably pretty useless. Although the company holds a market share of almost 20% and has its own Android-based operating system in the works called KirinOS – porting the app store over from Android shouldn’t be too much of a hassle – Huawei is still left without access to Google apps. It also faces the problem of no Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger, among others, all of which are key features for consumers, especially those based in Europe, one of Huawei's most important markets.

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24 Comments

1. Zylam

Posts: 1808; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Trump may have just started the rise of a Chinese OS that could perhaps be a huge competitor to Android somewhere in the next half decade. If all the Chinese OEM's jump ship, Google would virtually lose the entire Asian marketplace and a large percentage of the European market too. Everyone thought Steam was untouchable, but look at how Epic rocked the boat. If Huawei manage to provide incentives to developers, who knows, maybe they can be the 3rd OS.

3. alanrock

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

yep ... new OS is needed .

10. TBomb

Posts: 1205; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'd rather have a 3rd OS come from outside of China. China as a country is making huge global moves and their government has way to much power over its citizens for me to be comfortable with them being the most dominant world power.

14. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Why? Whats wring with the new social credit os?

15. TBomb

Posts: 1205; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Oh, well when you call it that... I'd be down for SoCr OS ("Soccer") ;) lol

16. jg_19001

Posts: 3; Member since: May 21, 2019

Certainly. We need diversity, not huge monopolies that will use their shear size to have their way. That is going to be a plus for consumers.

5. JCASS889

Posts: 465; Member since: May 18, 2018

Incentive? Lol they said they would offer exposure

8. oldskool50

Posts: 769; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Pipe dream that isn't gonna happen. Are you Chinese / Even if they did what you claimed, you wouldn't even be able to use it. which makes what you siad pretty dumb. All the losers here thing you need access to Google apps for Android to be useful on any phone, and that is a false mentality. All of Google services tied to their apps, other devs have better alternatives. The only Google services people use the most is mail and maps and the play store. Apps can be downloaded from any store. All devs have to do is make their apps available elsewhere, which they already do.

11. TBomb

Posts: 1205; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'm not quite sure who you are replying to, but I'm not quite sure it would be successful... at least not without a lot of political influence. The author mentioned "Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger, among others" won't be able to work with the new OS given the new rules from the government. That means that all the Huawei users will not be able to access these apps and if they travel abroad and make friends, how would you expect them to communicate? Sure, you can sideload apps on Android, but the Chinese government will still have FB and others blocked.

17. jg_19001

Posts: 3; Member since: May 21, 2019

It easy to have alternatives to FaceBook, Twitter, WhatsApp e.t.c. Just give people enough reason to want out, such as cutting them off, simply because they have a Huawei phone that they like better than an Iphone. The Apps themselves can be developed by many App developers.

12. AbhiD

Posts: 613; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Nobody will buy smartphones with china specific OS. And it's not a joke making an OS itself that is capable enough. You don't seem to have even a basic understanding. Samsung tried hands on Tizen. It failed massively. One Israeli security firm laughed on how poorly written Tizen was. Similarly have a look at Huawei's EMUI skin. PATHETIC! That shows how much they even know about OS and stuff. Moreover anyone would be extremely stupid to go with Chinese OS. That's like giving out your entire life, control and details to Communist Chinese Government. DUMB!

19. Galen20K

Posts: 568; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

i know all these People praising the Chinese Communist government, trying to make them out to be the victim is hilarious...... do these People not understand, that government doesn't even care about their own people. they leave them to die every single day without a care, they have nearly no rights in China, their Environment is Completely Toxic, and Public Safety is a joke. i wouldn't want any country to be like China, and lord help them if they're anything like like the Chinese Communist Government.

23. bigstrudel

Posts: 574; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Agree these people gross me out they are so ignorant of who China is.

21. Gryffin

Posts: 44; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

how easily these guys forgot about tiananmen square massacre.

20. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I don't have a single Chinese app on my electronic devices; this is because of objective reasons: they all suck. The last thing I will want to use is an ecosystem that comes from a country where my freedoms are at the will of a comunist party.

22. bigstrudel

Posts: 574; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Right because China has a long record of innovation not knocking off American patents. They won’t be inventing a thing. Even in this article they want to “port” the play store. Come up with your own? Sorry that’s China.

2. legar123

Posts: 32; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

Soon, Samsung store will overtake both Google and Huawei app store!

4. mohsin845

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Huawei on right track...but Samsung Also need alternative Android Based OS

7. oldskool50

Posts: 769; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Why? who's gonna support it? They already have an alternative OS to Android. If every manufacturer had their own OS, the devs are not gonna support all of them. Devs barely even support Samsung App store. You think they gonna support their OS? They didn't even wanna support Microsoft's mobile OS. come on dude. There is zero money in every OEM's have their own platform, because devs aren't gonna make apps for all of them.

6. Be_Mine

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Just wondering. If the upcoming Hauwei phones come with a forked Android OS but without all the above mentioned apps (Gmail, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, etc).. Will the users still be able use these apps by downloading and installing APKs?

9. Valdomero

Posts: 653; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Well, since it'll be an Android-based OS and they stated they will make everything possible for their OS to be compatible with most popular apps that exist in Android, there's a chance you can sideload any app into this new OS. What seems to be crucial here is the will of the developers to support this OS and Huawei to aid the developers. If not, this OS is already dead.

18. jg_19001

Posts: 3; Member since: May 21, 2019

For developers, what matters most is access to a market, not necessarily geopolitics.

24. bigstrudel

Posts: 574; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

More originality from Huawei then? Copy the OS as close as possible? Wow hilarious.

13. AlienKiss

Posts: 59; Member since: May 21, 2019

RIP & Stay out!

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