Huawei to use AppGallery as an alternative to Google’s Play Store on Android

After the USA imposed trade restrictions on Huawei, the company has decided to use AppGallery as an alternative to Google’s Play Store on Android. This will not enable the Chinese OEM  to install the Google Play Store or any other Google app on its new smartphones which means that the Huawei Mate 30 would not be sold with the licensed version of Android.

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“We cannot use the Google Mobile Services core, we can use the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) core,” Today that’s because of a US ban that these phones cannot preinstall the GMS core, it has forced us to use the HMS Core running the Huawei app gallery on the Mate 30 series phones,” Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, explained concisely.

Talking about AppGallery, it is basically an application distribution platform that was officially launched in China in the year 2011. However, AppGallery should be as relevant as Google Play when it comes to releasing new versions of apps.

Moreover, the company at the Huawei Developer Conference in August 2019 unveiled HarmonyOS that would replace Android, Android Auto, WearOS, Android TV and Android Things. The company also confirmed that HarmonyOS will be known as HongMengOS in China.

“We needed an OS that supports all scenarios, that can be used across a broad range of devices and platforms, and that can meet consumer demand for low latency and strong security,” Yu explained.


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