Starting with the Huawei Mate 30, the Chinese firm abandons Google services and applications. Now Huawei will use Android AOSP. And one of the changes is this, which we are going to have on your mobiles Huawei AppGallery, instead of the Play Store. But the truth is that this store opened in China in 2011, long before the political problems that occur now. And this question is interesting, because there in China they effectively dispense with Google services and applications, as well as their APIs. AppGallery, for the first time, was introduced outside of China in the year 2018 during the first half with the launch of the Huawei P20.
AppGallery is not new: this is how the alternative to Google Play Store has worked for many years
In the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro the application was already pre-installed, and later on it was done exactly the same with other smartphones from both Huawei and Honor, its ‘second brand’. However, the applications in this store had always been focused on Asian users. And now, however, the focus will shift to all of its users globally with coverage of more than 170 countries. And like the Google Play Store, it has payment options –and monetization for developers-, and also with the modalities of subscription for apps and services that are based on this option.
Although the Google Play Store is no longer available in future Huawei models, AppGallery will become the official source of apps. And obviously, applications can continue to be installed in APK format from other sources, as users currently do. Regarding the availability of applications, this should not be a problem of any kind. The only key point is that the developers support Huawei’s AppGallery. And for the moment, and since the year 2011 when it was released in China, the support has been complete.
In the screenshot that accompanies this article you can see what the AppGallery looks like. With featured apps, editors’ selection, new video games and a ranking of the most downloaded applications and games. And of course, with the corresponding sections or categories to find applications of a certain type more easily. The differences, with respect to the Google Play Store, are few.