Huawei AppGallery - March 2021

The Huawei AppGallery, one of the top three app marketplaces globally, has achieved several milestones in its ongoing development – one year on from revealing plans to expand its mobile ecosystem at MWC in 2020.

The platform now has 2.3 million registered developers, a 77% increase from last year, and a diverse global audience of 530 million MAU, showcasing its growing influence on developers and mobile users around the world.

The platform also saw app distribution reach 384.4 billion in 2020, 174 billion more than the previous year. Gaming is at the front of this expansion, with over 500% more games now available on the platform compared to a year ago.

The new figures come one year on from Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business, unveiling Huawei’s vision to make its own app marketplace an open, innovative app distribution platform that’s accessible to consumers around the world.

“At the end of 2019, there were 25 countries around world which had over a million AppGallery users. That number has now grown to 42 and we continue to see strong growth across markets in Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. It’s not just about quantity, and the fact that the number of apps integrated with HMS Core has more than doubled in one year shows that more developers are looking to Huawei’s on-device capabilities to drive innovation and provide better and more unique user experiences.”

– Mr. Zhang Zhe, Director of Global Partnerships & Eco-Development Business Development at Huawei Consumer Business Group

AppGallery’s “Global+ Local” Strategy – Helping Local Developers Utilise a Global Platform

AppGallery has concentrated its efforts in working with developers on both a local and global scale to bring the most relevant apps to users to help boost the number of developers working on the platform and delivering more choices to consumers worldwide.

Developers are increasingly looking to AppGallery to penetrate local audiences as well as tapping into AppGallery’s growing global audience. In turn, it can provide its diverse customer base with the most relevant apps. Throughout the previous year, it has seen global applications from the likes of HereWeGo and Volt in the transporation industry, LINE, Viber in the communications sector, as well as other popular apps such as, Deezer, and Qwant onboard to its growing platform.

Huawei is also leveraging its expertise in China to help developers around the world tap into the country’s lucrative app market. Considered as a ‘mobile-first’ society, China is home to over 904 million mobile Internet users with estimated app download figure of over 100 billion, and AppGallery has helped over a thousand overseas developers to penetrate the growing mobile economy in China in the last 12 months.

Apps such as PicsArt have been among the first to benefit from Huawei’s position in China’s mobile market, now boasting of over 300 million downloads in Mainland China. FaceTune 2 and Mondly have seen similar successes, with 2.2m and 350,000 downloads respectively.

AppGallery also helped over 10,000 Chinese apps enter overseas markets to further diversify global users’ app experience. Popular platforms such as Banggood were able to benefit from Huawei’s unique position through a joint marketing campaign and secured more than 60,000 new downloads and 1,000 new first-time subscribers in three weeks.

About AppGallery – One of the Top 3 App Marketplaces Globally

AppGallery is a smart and innovative ecosystem that allows developers to create unique experiences for consumers. The HMS Core allows apps to be integrated across different devices for more convenience and a smoother experience – a part of Huawei’s 1+8+N strategy.

AppGallery has a wide variety of global and local apps across 18 categories including navigation and transport, news, social media, and more. It’s available in more than 170 countries and regions with over 530 million monthly active users globally. The company has also partnered with 2.3 million developers across the globe, and the total app distribution from AppGallery have reached 384.4 billion times within 2020.

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.