While the US and Chinese Governments begin to do battle over the ‘level playing field’ they each wish for their trade deal Huawei suffers. Huawei are not standing still though and are moving forward with plans to launch their own OS and their own app store.
It has been revealed that Huawei are sending out emails to app developers inviting them to publish their apps on Huawei’s new AppGallery. The invite reveals some details about the new AppGallery in that it already has 270 million monthly active users which is no surprise given that Chinese people are unable to use the Google Play Store. Of course this also suggests that the new HongMeng OS from Huawei is indeed an AOSP/Android fork that will be compatible with all Android apps.
It also said that Huawei has shipped 350 million phones to customers in the past two years with half of them to western markets — implying that even if this new ban continues they will continue shipping to western markets in high volume and at the same time implying that their existing reach in Asian markets is massive (as expected).
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.
The wording suggests that Huawei apparently has no fees for developers wishing to publish their apps on the AppGallery and even their reach in Asian markets would and should have a lot of app developers considering joining the Huawei Developer Portal. It may well be that there are fees for publishing but joining the Portal is what is free. It wouldn’t surprise us if Huawei dropped or decreased any existing publishing fees to encourage more developers to jump on board.
With that amount of users, worldwide and locally in Asia, you can be sure that there will be quite a few developers taking Huawei up on this offer, even if the US Entity List ban is lifted. Why not? Makes good business sense to me.