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They have caught in the middle of the cold commercial war between the European Union. The United States And China, Huawei has found himself bleeding a lot. With a recent executive order from the US government. Huawei will no longer be an authorized Android partner. That means that the company will have to rely on AOSP compilations for future devices and will no longer have access to compilations before the release of the commercial version of the Google operating system.
The next Huawei devices will not have access to Google Play Services or other Google applications, and existing ones can only be supported while Huawei does not update them. Although the US Department of Commerce has relieved these restrictions for Huawei temporarily, you may not have enough time to enjoy this respite. Since their plans to replace Android with their operating system may take longer than expected, Huawei plans to strengthen its own app store, known as AppGallery. Meanwhile, the Chinese giant is consulting Aptoide, the third-party market, to offer users an alternative to the Google Play Store.
According to the Portuguese publication Dinheiro Vivo, Aptoide is already negotiating with Huawei to seize the opportunity. Aptoide hosts more than 900,000 applications, with almost 200 million users. Along with repositories like APK Mirror, Aptoide is one of the most popular sources for downloading Android apps, even when it may not officially support through the Android Play Store.
At exact time, Huawei has been trying to persecute the developers to publish their applications directly in the AppGallery of the company. This will allow you to avoid the restrictions established by the US government ban. UU., Although Google applications such as YouTube, Google Maps, and a host of other services will remain inaccessible to users. The company says that by the end of 2018, AppGallery had served 50 million users, Bloomberg reported.
In Europe, where Huawei enjoys a large part of the smartphone user base, it is trying to incentivize telecom operators to pre-install AppGallery. This measure could be favorable for the Chinese company, since Google faces three antitrust charges, including one related to Android. In this case, the European Union imposed a fine of 4.3 billion euros (~ $ 4.8 billion) for compelling users to use their own products, including Google Search, and to maintain control over the Search results online, which exceeds competitive places like Bing or DuckDuckGo.
It is important to note that without support for the Google application, the step may not be very appealing to users and Huawei. We are anxious to see for how long the company can face this resistance. Meanwhile, there is also the possibility that the US Department of Commerce. It can further reduce the ban and even reach a mutual conciliation over time, as in the same case of another Chinese company, ZTE.
As for the Aptoide store, there are two possibilities with how Huawei could use its popularity. You can pre-install the store on Huawei smartphones or integrate its functionality into the Huawei AppGallery. However, the App Store is often used to download paid applications for free, and this may worry developers and Google. How Huawei treats it is something we will learn in the long term.
Until then, we will keep you informed about the implications of the ban, and we will also be attentive to the tides of change.