Late last month, news that Google had revoked Huawei’s Android license shook the tech community. Since then, we’ve seen hardware suppliers, chip designers, standards organizations, and other companies pull out of deals with Huawei. Huawei’s growing pains have forced the company to speed up development on its Android OS and Play Store alternative. If the company wants to survive without Google, then they need to ensure that their smartphones have access to a flourishing app ecosystem. To that end, the company is continuing to send out requests to developers of popular Play Store applications to get them to publish their apps on EMUI‘s pre-installed AppGallery app store.
Huawei does already have its own app store but it has a few hundred apps in it whilst Aptoide is generic across brands with over 900,000 popular apps. Google of course has been trying to flag Aptoide as "unsafe" and Aptoide has started a campaign to highlight Google's bullying of these smaller players. Aptoide is open source and claims "Recent studies prove that Aptoide is the safest Android app store". I'm just not really in favour of brand based app stores and prefer more generic coverage as I change brands every now an again.
Huawei is reaching out to developers of popular Play Store apps to get them to publish their apps on EMUI's AppGallery app store.