Huawei hopeful it can offer Google apps from its own store

Published: 1 April 2020 - 1:19 p.m.

Chinese tech giant, Huawei, is hopeful that it will be able to offer Google based apps from its own app store in the near future, according to senior officials at the company.

The South China Morning Post quoted Huawei’s rotating chairman, Eric Xu, as saying that the company was looking at strategies to explore this option.

Huawei missed its full year 2019 earnings forecast as a result of being added to the US’ banned entities list – a measure which prohibits US firms from doing business with Huawei. By far the most damaging upshot of this, is Huawei’s inability to host Google apps or access the Google Play Store on its new smartphone handsets.

Huawei missed its projected revenues for the year by $12 billion, posting full year revenues of $123 billion when it had aspired to $135 billion. While its P and Mate handsets are seen as best in class for photography and connectivity, consumers are having a hard time getting on board with the lack of access to some of their favourite apps.

While Huawei has launched a number of workarounds to circumvent this problem, it is clear that the US blacklisting is weighing heavy on sales.

Huawei shipped over 240 million smartphone handsets last year and has consolidated its position as the world’s second most prolific producer of smartphones, regardless of the US ban.

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