Huawei was forced to remove all Google’s services including the Play Store from its devices as part of the US Huawei ban. There was no other option for Huawei other than creating its own App Store to provide users a safe and hassle-free app downloading experience. Now, the brand has officially announced Huawei App Gallery, an open app distribution platform just like Google Play Store to all consumers. According to Huawei, the AppGallery is already available in over 170 countries/regions with 400 million monthly active users.
The Huawei AppGallery comes with multiple layers of security and protection including developer real-name verification and a four-step review process. All apps submitted by developers on the AppGallery will go through a stringent verification test to prevent apps from malicious activity. Additionally, the process also includes an age-rating system to create a safe environment for children, filtering out apps that are not suitable for their age range. All the Personally-sensitive information such as biometric data will always be processed on the device itself and will not be transmitted outside the Huawei device. Additionally, all the user data is anonymised and stored locally corresponding to each user’s region.
Quality of the Apps
All the apps on the Huawei AppGallery are segmented across 18 categories, including News, Social media, Entertainment, etc. Also, the apps are segregated by location such as Asia Pacific Middle East & Africa, Europe, Latin America, etc. If a user did not find an app in the App Galler, Huawei is also providing an option to submit the desired app name to a Wishlist. Once this app launches on the App Gallery, user who added to Wishlist will be notified.
Collaboration with Media
Huawei has also partnered with News UK, one of the UK’s biggest media companies, to bring the most updated news to Huawei users. Huawei users will get to enjoy access to daily articles, radio shows and exclusive content on their Huawei devices.
Huawei HiAI is an open AI capability platform for smart devices, which pools software and hardware resources from different devices and facilitates collaborative, mutually-reinforcing interactions between them. For example, the WPS Office app uses the HiAI intelligent recognition capability to achieve super-resolution optical character recognition to recognize text in images such as scanned documents and photos. The in-app documents are automatically detected and corrected, greatly improving productivity.
Quick Apps – an Alternative to Google Native Apps
Quick Apps is an app ecosystem that houses a new type of installation-free apps. It provides many benefits such as good user experience, automatic updates for HTML5 pages, etc. and also consumes very little memory space. According to Huawei, Quick Apps are written with only 1/5 amount of codes as compared to that of Android apps and users can accommodate more than 2,000 Quick Apps instead of just 20 native apps with just 1GB of space. Users can even add their favorite Quick Apps to their desktops for convenient access. Huawei is also said that, Quick Apps are used on over 350 million Huawei phones and are more than 1,700 Quick Apps released globally, a 200% growth year-on-year.
The Huawei ID helps you access various Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) such as Mobile Cloud, AppGallery, etc. using one single ID and also provides a seamless experience across Huawei Smartphones, tablets, smart screens, wearables, VR gadgets etc.
This article is published with inputs from Huawei Official Press Release and all the images used are sourced from the official Huawei website.