Huawei is unable to use Google’s proprietary Android version due to the related ban, but Huawei is developing an alternative operating system to replace Android. In place of Android, Huawei also needs to build a self-built app store to replace the Google Play Store, which is actually Huawei’s own app store. The app store called AppGallery is an out-side China version of Huawei’s app market. Now Huawei is inviting developers to actively participate in the Huawei AppGallery.
Invitation email sent by Huawei to 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.
Huawei has confirmed that it is developing its own operating system and is compatible with Android apps. The system is called Hongmeng System in China and Ark (ARKOS) in foreign countries. However, Huawei did not disclose when the operating system will be released. Huawei’s smartphones will use the Hongmeng operating system to replace Android, and then continue to sell in Europe and outside the United States. It is unclear how many overseas developers are participating in the Huawei App Store, but 270 million active users are already attractive to developers.