Huawei AppGallery adds Bolt, several major apps

Huawei AppGallery, the Chinese device maker’s own app store, has officially added to its fold Bolt, one of the popular ride-sharing applications, alongside several other popular apps.

Bolt, just like Uber, enjoys widespread usage not just here in Kenya but in other African countries like Nigeria, for instance, as well as in other parts of the world. Another popular ride-sharing application limited to the Kenyan and several other African markets, Little is still missing in action on Huawei’s AppGallery.

The other notable applications that have made their way to AppGallery over the last few weeks and months, as Huawei says, include those from airlines like Turkish, Lufthansa, Emirates and others.

Tinder and Badoo have made their way to the platform, for everyone looking to beat the July cold using a digital connect.

Deezer and Tidal join Boomplay, which has been available for so long now, in providing options to the music streaming users. Tidal’s visibility on the Huawei AppGallery, however, is limited to those in countries where the music streaming service is already live. That means Kenyans searching for the app won’t find it.

Huawei has quietly been expanding its app catalogue over the last few months given that it now has to go on its own since many of the new devices it is releasing are prohibited from pre-installing Google apps and services and accessing the Google Play Store, the go-to place for Android users for their app needs.

Back in April, the platform bagged its biggest catch as of that time, a Game of Thrones game. Later that month, it onboarded the former Nokia Maps, now known as HERE WeGo, to its platform as a Google Maps alternative while it continues working on its own solution.

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For apps that are not yet officially available on the Huawei AppGallery platform, Huawei has built a solution, PetalSearch. It allows users to search for all apps, whether officially available on Huawei AppGallery or not, from the AppGallery, by scouring the world wide web for download links and then offering users the direct download links without having them wandering on their own and, thus, being exposed to various security risks.

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