When it comes to app stores, most Android users are naturally familiar with the Google Play Store, and to a lesser extent, the newly overhauled Amazon Appstore. If you’ve wanted a bigger choice, there will be a new player on the block in Europe in the form of Chinese electronics giant Huawei, whose AppStore and Video Service will launch in the region in the first quarter of 2018.
The announcement was made at Huawei’s Eco-Connect Europe event in Berlin yesterday, with the Chinese company revealing content partnerships with 15 app and game developers for its AppStore and Video Service. From Q1 2018, all Honor and Huawei smartphones will launch with the Huawei’s AppStore and Video Service apps pre-installed.
“Digital transformation is no longer a future trend; it’s happening now, but digital transformation cannot be done by one single company, or organization, alone.” Vincent Pang, President of Western European Region, Huawei commented, “As a reliable digital infrastructure innovator and enabler, Huawei aims to build an open platform in Europe and globally, leading to closer collaboration across the digital industry.”
Having paid out more than $400 million in revenue to developers in 2016, Huawei stated that around 240,000 app and game developers joined its Developer Alliance. Paid themes will also be introduced to Huawei’s Themes Store in Q1 of 2018 which has more than 160 million active users who download 40 million new themes each month.
Huawei also said that its ad-free Video Service will feature a broad catalog of TV shows and movies, both local and global, and be deeply integrated with the company’s Video Player that comes pre-installed on its handsets. Content partners include Under The Milky Way and Spanish content provider ATRESMEDIA, Neox, Mega, and la Sextra.