Dailymotion, heard of it?
The “French YouTube” is what users of Huawei devices will be getting in the absence, albeit officially, of the YouTube app from Google’s popular video sharing platform.
Thanks to the placing of Huawei on an entity list that requires American companies to seek their government’s authorization before trading with Huawei, the Chinese smartphone maker has been unable to license Google apps and services which usually arrive pre-installed on most Android smartphones and tablets.
The end result has been the absence of popular apps and services like (Google) Maps, YouTube, Gmail and others with users having to make do with workarounds that include accessing the said services using the mobile versions of their sites which may not be as feature-rich and handy as the native applications.
Huawei’s recourse has been pushing its own services through the Huawei Mobile Services umbrella. They include AppGallery, its own “Play Store” from where users of its devices, like the Y7p and Nova 7i that have recently gone on sale in the country, can access apps just as they would on Google’s app and content store.
It is along this line that Dailymotion will be making its way to Huawei devices. The French video-sharing platform will be baked into the Huawei Video player app as well as offer local and international video content through its interface (API).
“Thanks to all our premium partners, Dailymotion is able to distribute a large amount of videos and playlists to third-party publishers. We are proud to collaborate with Huawei to make all of our content catalog reach new premium audiences,” the company’s Chief Content Officer, Stéphane Godin, is quoted saying in a statement.