Except some sort of trade deal between China and the U.S. that will result in the removal of Huawei’s name from the U.S. Entity List, it seems that the company now will have to add the upcoming Huawei Mate 30 line with its own app store and OS.
According to XDA, the manufacturer is now putting efforts to get developers to help it fill up the AppGallery storefront found on the interface of Huawei’s EMUI by having them publish their Android apps in the AppGallery.
Huawei points out through an email to these developers, that its store is found on all 350 million phones that Huawei has shipped over the last two years as half of them are delivered outside of China. As per the email, the App Gallery has 270 million active users per month.
If it is successful in selling enough developers on the AppGallery, Huawei hopes that it will be in a position to offer a decently stocked Play Store alternative to its customers. Huawei also promises developers “full support” to help developers to publish their Android app in the AppGallery with free membership in a community that is made up of 560,000 fellow developers.
“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.”-Email from Huawei to Android app developers”
Most of the free top apps in the Google Play Store come from U.S. based developers
Some of the developers also have received similar emails in the past from Amazon, requesting them to publish their Android apps in the Amazon Appstore. But this is a different case altogether. The future of Huawei as a top smartphone manufacturer heavily depends on whether it can convince those app developers to come up with their Android app version for a platform that is not tested and no one really knows about it.
Another issue is there. 13 out of the top 15 free apps on the Google Play Store come from developers based in the U.S., so it would not be possible for Huawei to offer them for its phones. This is the reason Facebook and its Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger apps will no longer be pre-installed on Huawei’s smartphones.
As for the final numbers in 2019, it might be difficult to believe that this company was supposed to become the largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world next year. 206 million Huawei phones were delivered all around the world last year, up from 153 million in 2017. That was quite a robust 35% annual growth rate in an industry that was soft in 2018. For the first half of this year, Huawei’s momentum grew stronger since it shipped 59 million handsets for a better than 50% improvement over the 39 million that were delivered in the first quarter of 2018.
According to analysts; If we assume the worst-case scenario, Huawei’s shipments declining 25% for all of this year. That would take the number of handsets it delivers down to 155 million for 2019 which is a little above the 2017 level. And to make matters even worse, Strategy Analytics forecasts another 20% drop in 2020. So instead of reigning over the phone’s world at the end of next year, Huawei could be out of the top five when 2020 comes to an end. It is difficult to make a forecast at all really since the U.S. President Donald Trump could take Huawei off the Entity List if the U.S. and China would have to negotiate a new trade agreement.
In that case, there is a chance to take all the bets off and it could be back to business as usual for Huawei.
(Via: XDA )
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