Richard Yu, CEO of Consumer Business at Huawei, said that AppGallery now has more than 530 million monthly active users, with an annual growth rate of 83%.
At the end of 2020, the AppGallery app store had 384 billion downloads. He also added that 2.3 million developers are developing mobile apps for AppGallery, up 77% from 2019.
Huawei Director of International Cooperation Zhang Zhe confirmed that the number of applications optimized for HMS Core has more than doubled in one year.
Huawei AppGallery is Huawei’s own app store, similar to the Google Play Store. The company is constantly working to improve the store’s ecosystem and introduce new features to improve the user experience.
AppGallery was initially available in the Chinese market and later introduced to users around the world.
Huawei: We have more than a billion active smartphone worldwide
Huawei Founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei recently spoke at the GTS Cloud and Device Cloud Cooperation and Integration Progress conference. During his speech, he stated that Huawei has a wide range of devices; and the number of active smartphones has already exceeded one billion.
The Huawei founder also said that in the next phase; in 2-3 years, they plan to create the safest and most reliable cloud ecosystem for end devices. In addition, Ren Zhengfei said that the Huawei ecosystem should have a completely open architecture for all applications and developers.
Huawei has notified its suppliers that orders for smartphone parts will fall more than 60% in 2021. Huawei will ship 70 to 80 million smartphones this year, down from 189 million last year, according to official figures.
Interestingly, just four months ago it became known that there are a billion active iPhone smartphones in the world.
Huawei wants to negotiate with the United States about easing the ban
Huawei hopes to hold talks with the administration of US President Joe Biden over the current trade ban. The company wants to negotiate separately from Beijing to lift the ban on the supply of American components.
According to NikkeiAsia, the reason for the negotiations will also be the detention of the chief financial officer of the Chinese tech giant Meng Wanzhou. Tim Danks, Vice President of risk management and partner relations at Huawei Technologies USA, said: “We want to have a discussion with the U.S. administration separately from the Chinese government. We don’t want to be lumped into that discussion”. At this point, the company has yet to have a chance to speak with the new Biden administration, but hopes to have discussions soon.
Last year, the Trump administration placed the Chinese brand on an export blacklist called the Entity List over security allegations. This made it impossible for Huawei to buy critical components from US firms. But the company is now hoping for a “tweak and temporary license” that will allow US companies to continue selling to the Chinese brand.
Tim Danks also added that “in the short term, US sales will not be a priority for Huawei. Our priority is the supply chain. ” However, Biden’s candidate for Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, previously stated that she “will use the full toolbox at her disposal to protect America and our networks from Chinese interference or any behind-the-scenes influence on our network, be it Huawei, ZTE. or any other company. ” So it remains to be seen what position the new administration will take, even if negotiations with Huawei take place.