Huawei reportedly in talks with Aptoide to replace the Play Store

Huawei reportedly in talks with Aptoide to replace the Play Store
Huawei has been developing its own Play Store rival – App Gallery – over the course of the past few months. But if forced to replace the Play Store entirely, Huawei could have a tough time competing. The company's catalog of apps is currently nowhere near as big as Google's and, because of this, the Chinese giant has reportedly started talks with third-party app store Aptoide, home to more than 900,000 titles. 

Speaking to Portuguese publication DN Insider, Aptoide executive director Paulo Trezentos confirmed that the digital hub sees the recent developments as "an interesting market opportunity to create a partnership with Huawei." In the past Trezentos and his colleagues have had multiple discussions and meetings with Huawei regarding the matter, and following this past Sunday's news, Aptoide contacted Huawei again about a potential partnership.

If an agreement is reached between the two companies, it's unclear at this point what form of implementation will be chosen. After all, as Trezentos points out, the deal could involve pre-installing Aptoide on all future Huawei smartphones or integrating the contents of Aptoide into the App Gallery store, a solution Huawei will probably prefer. Despite Aptoide's willingness to negotiate, though, it did make clear that it's not interested in merging with or being acquired by Huawei. The company says that "new opportunities" are always emerging and growth has not slowed down – the company already works with a handful of other Chinese smartphone brands such as Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo. 

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13 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1618; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

If no YouTube, Facebook, twitter, Gmail then does not matter what app store. America & China need to talk more.

2. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 357; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Couldn't those apps be sideloaded?

4. Valdomero

Posts: 653; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

If done directly by the user, not the company.

11. TheOracle1

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 04, 2015

@Valdomero this is exactly what I was saying on the other thread. It seems the obvious way to go but APK Pure is a better alternative.

10. tiz_meh

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Technically yes but will it work? I'm not sure. Source: Users will not be able to just side-load APKs for these services because Google prohibits CTS-unverified devices from running its apps. Besides Google apps, all the others that use Google’s APIs, to facilitate log-in, for instance, will also be blocked on smartphones by Huawei and sub-brand Honor. https://www.xda-developers.com/google-revoke-huawei-android-ban-blacklist/

12. oldskool50

Posts: 769; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Without changing the device ID, to make it seem like its another device, it will simply be blocked. That's what I did with my Note 7 when the Note 7 device ID was blocked in the Play store. I downloaded an app that changes the device ID, and the phone does not have to be unlocked either and I changed it to the S7 edge ID and i continue to get updates to apps. It's called the Android ID changer, which works on both locked and unlocked phones. The app has to be sideloaded. It's not available in the plat store for obvious reasons. all you need to know is the device ID for the device you want to mimic. I believe the app, has popular ID's already loaded in the app.

7. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

An Android phone is 100% usable without Google apps. Things like YouTube can be accessed through the website, and your Gmail account can be logged into using any email client. Things like Facebook Twitter and other social networks can be sideloaded using secondary app stores like APK Pure and Aptoide. This isn't really a deal-breaker for Huawei phones unless they are forced not to use Android. If they were going off of AOSP their phones would still work perfectly fine for a crafty user. Problem is most people have the aptitude of an iPhone owner. If it's not given to them on a plate in front of them they are lost.

8. Cat97

Posts: 1774; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

People not using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or mobile games are a lot more productive, happier and more connected to reality.

3. Carlitos

Posts: 648; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

It all seems so unlikely tbh. You had established multi billion dollar companies that were not able to compete with the App, Play store. Amazon and Microsoft both miserably failed at it.

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6517; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I get that the Chinese government spies on everything their citizens do online - the same can be said about the USA, but do we have any proof yet that they've been collecting data on those who live outside of China??

13. oldskool50

Posts: 769; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

No we don't. But we do have proof that the NSA has use GSM network devices to spy on not only American but everyone else. The US gov't are a bunch of hypocrites. They aren't doing this for national security. if you just watch all the videos on YouTube about this whole thing, everyone would see what the actual issue is. The T-Mobile BS they keep bring up is nothign compared to what Apple has done. Apple has stolen more intellectual property from people than any company on the planet, including the now number 2 thief, Microsoft!

6. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Funny. When I first started my Essential phone I wanted to attempt to go without a Google login. I wanted to try to see what it would be like if I had to live without my Google account. I tried Aptoide and it seemed okay, however I greatly preferred APK Pure. APK Pure seem to update their apps just as fast as the Play Store. Sometimes the Play Store would even lag later than an update that came from the APK Pure store.

9. MadArnie

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 05, 2015

I don't care about gmail as don't use it and I would be very happy not to have lots of google's crap pre- instantiated .

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