Huawei gets payments on its phones back through a new partnership with Curve
Huawei has lost a lot of market share to other companies to whom Google Mobile Services licenses are not restricted, particularly in regions such as Europe where customers tend to expect and rely on apps such as Google Pay on their daily-driver phones. However, the OEM has now indicated it has a possible workaround in the form of a new partnership with Curve.
Curve is a digital wallet-type app that can combine access to all of a user's cards and accounts (such as those with Visa or Mastercard) in one via its app. It can also enable payments using a phone's NFC chip, which may be why Huawei has sought a collaboration with it now.
Accordingly, the OEM has announced that users can download Curve from the AppGallery (Huawei Mobile Services' answer to the Play Store). Of course, this may mean some who would like to keep using their Huawei phone in eligible markets may have to set an account with the app up in order to do so.
Curve is available in the US; however, this new Huawei tie-in only applies in Czechia, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain or the UK.