Fresh from unveiling the Huawei Mate 10 family, the Chinese company wants to cement its stay in Europe by bringing over the Huawei AppStore, but this will be happening as from Q1 2018.
If this does happen as promised, it will be the first time the Huawei AppStore has stepped out of China, which is currently the only supported market. The company made this announcement at the Eco-Connect Europe event that was held last week in Berlin, Germany.
In case you are wondering what the Huawei AppStore actually is, well, this is something similar to what Samsung already does with the Galaxy Apps store. This also means that the Huawei AppStore will come preinstalled on future Huawei and Honor smartphones, starting Q1 2018. Apparently, the company is already working with 15 key app and game developers to ensure that the process of rolling out the application is eased.
The company also pointed out that the AppStore will not come alone, rather, the Huawei-branded video service will also be available in Europe starting next year. As it is, this video service will offer no ads and it will include content from all over the world.
Huawei’s EMUI has greatly improved over the years and in fact, it’s easily one of the best at the moment. What has made it better is the continued reworking that involves reduction of bloatware, but from this latest development, Huawei wants you to have even more of this bloatware in the shape of the AppStore. Given that Huawei phones still come with the Play Store preinstalled, it will be interesting to see how fans receive this move.
Meanwhile, the company’s official figures show that the Huawei AppStore has been visited by at least 210 million end users who have also downloaded apps more than 45 billion times.