Google is cutting off Huawei’s relationship with Android in response to the US government’s ban about the Chinese giant. However, it seems that the company has already several developed contingency plans. Among them, is the fact that Huawei seems to be working with Aptoide to replace the Google Play Store on their devices.
This news has been confirmed basically by the CEO of Aptoide, Paulo Trezentos, although he also affirms that nothing is final. Since Huawei has already developed its alternative operating system that will be compatible with Android apps, this move makes a lot of sense.
Aptoide is a Portuguese company, which means that the US ban does not affect them, and it works with OPPO, so there is no reason why they should not work with Huawei.
What we do not know is whether Huawei will replace its App Gallery application with Aptoide. App Gallery is Huawei’s own app store that comes with most of its devices. It is relatively small compared to Aptoide, which has more than 900,000 applications.
It is worth to mention that following the announcement by the United States government including Huawei in its “entity list”, several US-based manufacturers have begun to comply with the “ban”. This interrupts their cooperation with the Chinese telecom giant. However, the US government has now granted Huawei a temporary three months license to continue pushing Android updates. This is to allow the Chinese manufacturer and its partners to “have time” to maintain networks and existing devices, including software updates and patches, to comply with legally binding agreements signed on or before May 16, 2019.