AppGallery: Huawei says Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will be available soon

by Jerry

Huawei says Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will soon arrive in AppGallery, its alternative to the Play Store. To appeal to European buyers, the Chinese firm will have to offer the most popular applications in the West. At present, the platform mainly offers applications aimed at Chinese consumers, mostly unknown to users in Europe.

Deprived of an Android license since May 2019, Huawei has accelerated the development of its alternative to Google's services, Huawei Mobile Services. This suite of applications includes for example Huawei Browser, Huawei Cloud, Huawei Wallet and AppGallery, an app store intended to replace the famous Play Store. Available in China for several years, AppGallery still offers little content for European buyers. Among the applications offered on the French version of the store, however, are Amazon.

Several ultra-popular American apps are still missing: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. In addition, Huawei is no longer allowed to install Facebook ecosystem applications (WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger and therefore Facebook) on its smartphones by default. Trump's executive order prohibits the firm from using U.S. technology in its new smartphones.

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Essential applications to appeal to European buyers

Interviewed on the sidelines of the conference on Monday, February 24, 2020, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's mobile division, assured that Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will soon be available in AppGallery. The executive did not specify when these famous applications from the United States will enter the store, report our colleagues at GadgetMatch.

Without these flagship applications, Huawei may find it difficult to convince European users to put several hundred euros into a private smartphone of Google services. Despite this, Huawei already boasts of having launched "one of the top three app stores in the world, serving more than 600 million Huawei device users in more than 170 countries/regions with a rich selection of global and local applications."

Source: GadgetMatch

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