The Huawei AppGallery has existed on the smartphone maker’s offerings for some time now, but as Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) comes to the fore on devices like the flagship P40 Pro, mid-range P40 Lite and entry-level Y7p, more South Africans will begin to experience what the mobile marketplace has to offer.

As such, it is where local developers should be focusing their talents and efforts, especially as Huawei is one of the top smartphone makers in the world, and has a strong community of users in South Africa.

Tools of the trade

Ever since Huawei outlined its intentions with HMS, the  firm has been hosting local events aimed at showing what the mobile developer community has to look forward to, and what the AppGallery in particular has to offer.

At the heart of the Huawei AppGallery for developers is HMS Core. This platform leverages the device and cloud capabilities of HMS and offers a myriad tools and kits for developers to create mobile apps that feature a high level of quality, while also being low-cost. Developers can take advantage of the 24 Huawei Integration Kits, development tools and resources which Huawei offers for free to developers to provide better functionality, connectedness and convenience to their apps.

Added to this is Huawei HiAI, which makes use of the AI-enabled chipsets that Huawei has developed for some of its premium and flagship smartphones. This allows developers to design applications with a richer level of intelligence and power.

Another significant toolset is that of Huawei’s AR capabilities. With the company already implementing it as part of selected features in its high-powered smartphone cameras, those developers looking to push the boundaries as far as augmented reality goes can also stand to benefit as a result from this software development kit.

A wide audience

It is not only the range of tools that should get developers excited about HMS and developing mobile content for the AppGallery. The platform has a number of channels available to help distribute and monetise an application too.

With the AppGallery extending beyond smartphones to smartwatches, wearables, tablets and other mobile devices, there are a few different form factors that developers can tailor their apps to work on.

Not to mention the fact that the AppGallery is available in 170 countries, with more than 500 million Android users across the globe, and developers have an exceptionally wide audience through which they can market their application.

A key focus for the AppGallery is the safety of its developers and users. Both parties can be secure in the knowledge that security is a top priority for Huawei during the entire process, and securities have been put in place to ensure this.

These channels also extend beyond the world of apps as well, with the AppGallery playing host to digital services, content, paid promotions and gifts, offering up more than one way to interact with users and get them engaging with what you’ve developed.

New territory

HMS is here to stay, and with more Huawei devices entering the local and global market in coming months and years, the ecosystem is only set to flourish. The same goes for the AppGallery, and its catalogue of mobile applications, content, services and value-added offerings continue to grow, so do the opportunities for your own digital creation.

From developing the application with HMS Core, to imbuing it with advanced intelligence via HiAI or AR, there is a vast array of options in the AppGallery.

Added to this is a sophisticated range of channels to get your app into the right hands and continue to create bigger and better things for your audience.

If you’re a mobile app developer, it’s worthwhile exploring the Huawei AppGallery and everything it has to offer.

To find out more about the AppGallery, head here.

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