Huawei has been trying to appeal to app developers to create innovative apps for its AppGallery platform.
It is also likely that you know the Chinese tech company makes phones without Google services and apps, as well as other components associated with the US following the ban by the past Trump administration that has lasted more than two years.
To this end, Huawei has not done well in the smartphone department. Its sales have dwindled, and in a world that moves on very fast, loyal customers have already shifted to other brands.
In some instances, Huawei has been forced to slow down smartphone production, and even local sales in China have been surpassed by the likes of OPPO and Xiaomi.
Now, back to the main agenda of this post.
Huawei has announced that it will unveil a Developer Hub named DIGIX Lab.
The lab will be the first of its kind in the Middle East and Africa. It will serve as an innovation hub for HMS App development on the African continent to drive idea exchanges, business growth, and collaboration.
The corporation is therefore welcoming app developers to code, build helpful digital products, and create or contribute to a variety of tech-specific projects.
Furthermore, the Chinese company says that the facility will allow developers to experience Huawei’s open capabilities and real devices firsthand, master and share knowledge about Huawei’s latest open capabilities through hands-on practice, and directly access the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) ecosystem.
The development of apps and access to the HMS ecosystem is important because the company has since announced plans to update its current device portfolio to HarmonyOS. Future devices, including the recently launched P50 lineup, will run HarmonyOS.
It, therefore, kind of makes sense why Huawei is investing massively in app development because any ecosystem or smartphone OS must be supported by thousands of apps that people use on a day-to-day basis, else it would fail. Case in point, is the death of Windows Phone.
AppGallery has so far garnered 80K plus apps, and that number will likely go higher.
HMS will be unveiling the Hub on Sept 21 in Johannesburg.