Huawei’s AppGallery almost doubled its distributions over the past year

Huawei’s AppGallery almost doubled its distributions over the past year
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Despite the global pressures on its business, Huawei continues to post impressive figures.

Huawei’s AppGallery is one of the largest app stores in the world. Over the past 12 months, AppGallery has witnessed a 33 percent growth in monthly active users (MAUs) and distributed 83 percent more apps.

Zhang Zhe, Director of Global Partnerships & Eco-Development Business Development at Huawei Consumer Business Group, said:

“At the end of 2019, there were 25 countries around the 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.”

App distribution reached 384.4 billion in 2020, an increase of 174 billion over the previous year. Gaming is driving the majority of this growth—with the number of games available on the platform increasing 500 percent over the past year.

The significant growth figures come a year on from MWC 2020 where Huawei announced plans to expand its mobile ecosystem.

In September 2020, the Chinese giant unveiled Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) 5.0 which features 56 ‘kits’ and 12,891 APIs:

“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,” commented Zhang.

China has over 904 million mobile internet users and represents a lucrative market for developers. Huawei has been leveraging its local expertise to help global developers tap into the Chinese market; saying it has helped over a thousand so far.

Huawei highlights US-based PicsArt as one success story; now boasting over 300 million downloads in Mainland China. Israel-based FaceTune and Romania-based Mondly are two other examples; receiving 2.2 million and 350,000 downloads respectively.

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