Huawei’s mobile app store, the Huawei AppGallery, will soon feature apps and designs by South African developers.
The AppGallery comes pre-installed on all Huawei and Honor devices, with the company aiming to promote South African digital talent and include more useful apps for Huawei smartphone users.
“South African consumers are increasingly wanting more apps that are relevant to their unique circumstances, addressing issues they experience regularly – such as load shedding or safety concerns – but also apps that celebrate South Africa’s multitude of cultures and this vibrant country,” said Lu Geng, director of Huawei Consumer Cloud Service Southern Africa Region.
“Huawei is committed to catering to the needs of South African consumers, but we also know that we do not have all the answers,” he said.
“For this reason, we aim to work closely with South African developers so that we can give our users everything that they need and want from their devices.
“At the same time, we also hope to create an open ecosystem for local developers by offering a simple and secure environment for them to upload content,” says Akhram Mohamed, Chief Technology Officer of Huawei Consumer Business Group South Africa.”
Huawei Mobile Services was launched in South Africa in June 2018.
Since then, both the Huawei AppGallery and Huawei Themes – which features tens of thousands of creative themes, fonts and wallpapers that personalise user’s handset – have become increasingly popular with the local market, the group said.
“We use the name ‘Huawei AppGallery’ because we have a dedicated team that curates all the apps in terms of relevance and ease of use and to ensure that there are no technical issues,” said Mosa Matshediso Hlobelo, business developer for Consumer Cloud Service Southern Africa
“Importantly, all apps are also security-checked for malware and privacy leaks before being uploaded on to the Huawei AppGallery.”
Geng said that the company has a very hands-on approach with our developers with the ultimate goal of expanding the community.
“We want to do everything we can to make our Huawei users aware of these local apps and upload them,” he said.
“This will encourage the growth of the developer community in South Africa by giving developers more opportunities to generate revenue from in-app purchase.”