Huawei has announced they are planning to make their app storefront – the Huawei AppGallery – available on a global basis during the second quarter of 2018. Until now, Huawei has limited availability to users in the Chinese market. In addition to enabling access to the app store in markets outside of China, Huawei says all Huawei and Honor devices released moving forward will come with the AppGallery app pre-installed, including the just launched Huawei P20 and P20 Pro. Older devices will receive access to install the app as the roll-out takes place.
Although Huawei continues to struggle with gaining a foothold in the U.S. market amidst spying and security concerns, the company is a major player in the smartphone market. Only Apple and Samsung hold larger market share on a global basis. The AppGallery would be one more vector for Huawei to make some money on their mobile devices. Huawei says their store focuses on quality apps that average 4.3 out of 5 stars in user ratings.
To use the AppGallery, users will have to register for a Huawei ID.