While we have heard about Huawei’s plan to create its own app store following the company’s recent ban from the United States, the company has finally started to invite developers to join its app store.
Recently, Huawei found itself added in the United States Entity List which prevents any U.S. company to engage in business activity with the company. Shortly after the announcement, Google cancelled Huawei’s Android license and revoked Huawei’s smartphones’ access from the Play Store.
Interestingly, the company revealed that it has been working on its operating system for a while now. Moreover, the company is also working on bringing an alternative app store for Huawei’s customers. In case you aren’t aware, Huawei already has an app store present which comes along with Play Store in its smartphones. Following the exclusion from the Play Store, Huawei is now trying to make an effort to attract developers to make the app store a viable alternative to Google’s platform.
The news was first broke by XDA-Developers which referred to emails sent out to developers asking them to publish their apps to the AppGallery. In the email sent out to developers, the company boasts that it has sold over 350 million smartphones till date and have over 270 million active users. The company sent out the following email to developers to attract them to its market.
Subject: [OFFICIAL] Invitation to join Huawei AppGallery
Cher XXX team,
- In the last 2 years, Huawei shipped over 350M phones, about half of them in western markets.
- All Huawei phones have our official AppStore “AppGallery” preloaded globally, with 270 million monthly active users.
- We realized that your great Android App XXX is not yet published in our AppGallery.
- In order to guarantee a smooth usage of your App for our users, Huawei is committed to provide you with full support, to help you publish your App into AppGallery.
- We would therefore like to invite you to join our 560k developers community for free, in our Huawei Developer portal.
It’ll be interesting to see if the company manages to attract developers to its platform. Given that a lot of popular Google apps such as YouTube, Gmail, Maps won’t be working with Huawei’s smartphones, the company will need to find an alternative quickly in the coming days.
This latest news comes shortly after rumors suggested that Google has been working to get the U.S. government revise its decision by citing the potential national security risks associated with the ban. At the moment, the company has a 90 days grace period where Huawei customers will receive updates from Google. Afterwards, they’ll lose access to all of the products completely. Shortly after Google revealed the news, both ARM and Microsoft cancelled their deals with the company. As a result, Huawei is turning to local manufacturers to provide components for its smartphone.
As we move forward, we should know more about Huawei’s plans to produce smartphones in the future.