Huawei likely to partner with Indus OS to develop Google Play Store alternative
Ever since the US government bought down the hammer on Huawei, the company has been unable to ship its devices with the Google Play Store. It is an essential part of many users' Android experience, and its absence can be a deal-breaker, especially for the less tech-savvy, who may not know how to sideload apps via third-party repositories.
Huawei has also been hard at work, developing its app ecosystem that does not rely on the Google Play Store. The company even partnered with fellow Chinese compatriots Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi to develop a Play Store alternative. Furthermore, Huawei's in-house App Gallery hosts millions of apps, and now, the company wants to expand it further.
According to a report by Economic Times, Huawei is in talks with the developers of Indus OS to develop its app ecosystem in India. Huawei and Honor devices are hugely popular in the subcontinent. Indus OS is already somewhat established in the region, and it hosts over 400,000 apps in over 12 Indian languages on its App Bazaar platform. Regional language support is essential for growth in the Indian market, as a lot of the new smartphone buyers are not English speakers.