Huawei's efforts to create a software platform regardless of Google seem to be bearing fruit. The company recently announced that its Android smartphone app store, Huawei AppGallery, has reached 530 million monthly active users.

In addition, the store saw an increase of 83% in the number of apps distributed in one year, reaching the mark of 384 billion installs in 2020. According to Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei CBG (Consumer Business Group), there are currently 2,3 millions of registered developers developing apps for the AppGallery, an increase of 77% compared to 2019.


According to Zhang Zhe, Director of Global Partnerships at Huawei CBG, Huawei's App Store is present in 42 markets in five regions of the planet, and the number of apps optimized for HMS Core, Huawei's platform that aims to replace Google Mobile Services (GMS) “more than doubled in a year”.

Two screenshots from AppGallery, Huawei's app store
The AppGallery, Huawei's app store, is an alternative to the Google Play Store

Huawei has been suffering heavy sanctions by the US government, which prevent companies based in the USA (or using “technology originating in the USA”) from doing business with it. This affects even partners like the Taiwanese TSMC, which produced the Kirin processors, since the manufacturing uses technology from the USA.

With that, while she can still use the Android operating system (which is Open Source) on her devices, she cannot license and use Google's suite of services, Google Mobile Services.

This means that the company's devices cannot have the Play Store, Maps, YouTube, Docs, Google Assistant and many other features that for many users are “synonymous” with Android.

The company announced in 2019, when sanctions were imposed by the government of then President Donald Trump, the development of its own operating system, called Harmony OS. Although some system-based products, such as a SmartWatch and a electric car, have been announced since then, all smartphones of the company so far remain based on Android.

Source: GSM Arena