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Huawei does an Apple in a disagreement with Tencent over revenue sharing on the AppGallery

Huawei has its own AppGallery. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei has its own AppGallery. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei had reportedly removed all Tencent games from its first-party mobile app market, AppGallery, following an objection from the software giant as to how much of the takings it retained from sales of the app in question. This remuneration structure has also led to disagreements between the OEM and other developers.

Huawei famously developed its own version of the Google Play Store (or Apple's App Store) and Google Mobile Services in response to its blockade from using these cornerstones of everyday normal Android. The OEM had offered attractive introductory cuts of the profits to get developers to contribute to its AppGallery.

However, that was a while ago, and apparently does not apply to big game-makers like Tencent in any case. This company became dissatisfied with its share of app revenue it got from Huawei for adding versions of its titles to the AppGallery, reportedly set at 50%. The ensuing conflict caused Huawei to remove the entire Tencent portfolio from its store.

These apps have now reportedly been restored as new negotiations over the software company’s rates have begun. This situation – also said to be why you can’t get Genshin Impact on phones running Huawei Mobile Services – echoes the dispute between Apple and Epic Games.

Then again, not even Apple demands the share Huawei apparently extracts from developers. On the other hand, the OEM also commands a 41.4% share of the Chinese smartphone market, thus representing a consumer-base running into the hundreds of millions that not even companies such as Tencent could afford to miss out on.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-01- 1 (Update: 2021-01- 1)