Huawei to Pre-Install Up to 70 Popular Apps in Future Devices as it Battles the Google Ban

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Huawei Nova 5T

We are aware that Huawei and America are not the greatest of friends right now. Their tussle has been going around for nearly a year now, and we are unlikely going to see the ban lifted in the coming days.

Huawei, which also deals with telecoms installations, is mostly known to people around the globe for its smart devices. These phones have been imparted with key innovations in the recent past, making them one of the very best around.

However, their hardware superiority means nothing to users outside China that use Google services extensively. This market uses Android with Google apps – but those are not installed in a couple of recent releases from the Chinese corporation because of the American’s ban.


Not to bullied into submission, Huawei has tried to address the situation with mostly underwhelming levels success because, let’s face it, Google services have been around for a long time, and replacing them is not something that can be done overnight.

The latest development from Huawei’s journey to selling its phones sans Google apps and services is that Huawei will preinstall some of the world’s most popular apps in their devices in the future. Huawei has currently identified 70 of these apps that will then be installed in future devices but will vary by region. Furthermore, Huawei says the apps will be updated continuously, as is in the Play Store.

However, this development is not all rosy because the 70 apps will not include those developed by Americans such as Instagram or WhatsApp.

That aside, it is reported that the move to push the apps is likely motivated by a March release of the Huawei P40 series. The devices usually set some records in the market, such as camera performance, and a lack of Google services would see its availability affected. We saw this with the Mate 30 series that have been lauded for their top-notch hardware but failed to make a mark outside China.

Installing popular apps will also help users who are not tech-savvy access to some apps that are generally of great use to them. Installing apks from reliable sites, or flashing scripts that allow the installation of Google apps is not a friendly exercise, and very few people are willing to do that.

We said that Huawei’s efforts to let Google services go are barely successful. However, you should also know that Chinese phone makers such as vivo, Xiaomi, OPPO and now Huawei are planning to develop robust app stores that have no leanings to Google services. Using a newly formed arm called Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA), the plan will help devs bring their apps to the mentioned phones’ respective stores.


Also, Huawei has since sought the services of TomTom to develop a maps app for Huawei phones. The company is also pushing Huawei Mobile Services to wage competition against Google Mobile Services.

Fingers crossed.


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