Apps are an essential part of the smartphone experience, and as a result, we’ve come to rely heavily on app distribution platforms to download our favourite apps and games. Therefore, it may not come as a surprise to learn that the world’s third-largest apps marketplace is the one and only Huawei AppGallery.
This fast-growing app discovery platform already gives you access to the most popular apps and games, with more being added every single day. AppGallery is designed to make it easy for users to discover fun and useful apps, and you can experience it for yourself on the newly launched HONOR 9X Pro. Here’s everything you need to know about AppGallery, and why we think it could become the de-facto app store for smartphone users.
Global presence over 9 years
Here’s a fun fact about AppGallery – it’s actually been around for 9 years! While it was expanded globally in April 2018, it was originally launched back in 2011 for Huawei and HONOR phones in China.
In fact, AppGallery is present in over 170 countries and has 400 million monthly users, which is what makes it the third-largest apps distribution platform globally.
That’s not all, as AppGallery has over 1.3 million registered developers, with more being constantly added to ensure all the popular apps and games are available to users. AppGallery already covers the key apps and services in markets like Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.
Some of the popular global apps you can download from AppGallery include Snapchat, Tom Tom Maps, Here WeGo Maps, TikTok, Zara, Truecaller, Viber, CamScanner, Avast Antivirus, Cut Cut, Wattpad, Lazada, Deezer, Booking.com, WPS Office and WeChat, to name a few.
Optimized for India
The next big market for AppGallery is India. Apps development for the country has been in the works for a while, and the first Huawei Developers Day Summit in India was held back in December 2019.
In the span of just 6 months, AppGallery already has 95 percent of the top 150 apps in India listed on its platform. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and HONOR smartphone users can expect to have access to many more titles in the coming months.
Placing its emphasis on the Indian market, AppGallery has on boarded Hungama Play as its official online streaming channel. The world’s first AI keyboard, Xploree is also available on the platform, as is MapmyIndia’s Move navigation app. The Indian government’s newly-released Aarogya Setu app to enable COVID-19 contact tracing was recently added as well. Other new apps from Indian developers include Hide It Pro, Stylish Text and Status Saver.
Countless apps to choose from
Now, you might be wondering which other apps are available on the platform. Well, we can’t list them all here since the list would run into thousands of pages, but we can offer you the highlights.
AppGallery’s catalogue is divided into 18 categories, which include lifestyle, travel, entertainment, communication, and e-commerce, to name a few.
In communication and telecom, you can find apps like Xploree, Airtel, Truecaller and Hike Messenger. When it comes to entertainment, Hungama Play, Hungama Music, Voot, Zee 5, Sun Next and MX Player are just some of the apps on offer. As for e-commerce and banking, you’re pretty much covered with major apps like PayTM, Zomato, Flipkart, Nykaa, Grofers, HDFC, SBI and ICICI.
If news and educational apps are your thing, there are official apps from Times of India, Aajtak, Zee News, The Hindu, Inshorts, Byju’s and ABP News. And when you’re ready to travel post the lockdown, you can make use of apps such as Oyo, Red Bus, Indigo, Ixigo, Booking.com, Railyatri, Cleartrip and more to ensure a hassle-free journey.
The AppGallery experience
AppGallery features a clean interface that makes it easy for anyone to use. You can view apps catered to your lifestyle and location, browse by category or even go through the useful curated sections to discover new apps.
If an app you love isn’t available on AppGallery yet, you can add it to your Wishlist, which notify you and automatically install it when it becomes available.
AppGallery also offers parental controls, which lets you set age restrictions for downloading new apps.
Another unique experience available in AppGallery is Quick Apps, which lets you use an app without installing it. These Quick Apps take up just a fraction of space compared to regular apps on your phone, and are easily accessible via your home screen or the Quick App Centre.
Security is an essential part of any app store, and with AppGallery, the safety protocols are as stringent as they come. There’s a four layer detection mechanism for apps, so you can rest assured every app you download from the platform is completely safe and won’t compromise your personal data.
Other ways to install apps
If an app you’re looking for is currently not available on AppGallery, there are other ways to download it.
One of the easiest methods is by using the Phone Clone app, which migrates all the data from an older phone. You just need to install the app on your old and new phones, select the apps and data you want to copy and start the process. This is an easy way to install apps like Facebook, Microsoft Excel, Amazon and more.
You can also use APKPure to side-load any app on your phone. On the HONOR 9X Pro, you will be asked for permission to install an app from APKPure just once, after which it will do so automatically. Using this, you can easily download social apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and many more.
You can also download Xender from AppGallery, and use the AG Assistant to download popular apps. Alternatively, if a particular app has a good web interface, such as YouTube, you can just create a WAP shortcut for the same and access it right from your home screen.
HONOR 9X Pro: a powerful mid-ranger with unique software
Now that we’ve mentioned everything there is to know about AppGallery, let’s move on to the device you can actually experience it on – the HONOR 9X Pro.
This powerful mid-range phone is priced attractively, and features the Kirin 810 chipset under the hood. The Kirin 810 is based on the 7nm processor, which means it consumes up to 50 percent less power. It also offers up to 75 percent faster single core performance, and enhanced gaming thanks to the Mali-G52 MP6 GPU.
The 9X Pro is also an extremely stylish device, featuring a pop-up selfie camera, Dynamic X design and side-mounted fingerprint sensor. Its display measures 6.59-inches, with full HD+ resolution and a 92 percent screen-to-body ratio. You get 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, with the latter being unheard of in this price segment.
The triple rear cameras consist of a 48MP f/1.8 primary, 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP depth sensor. In the front, there’s a 16MP camera for selfies. The battery on board is 4,000mAh unit, with a Type-C port. As for software, the phone runs EMUI 9.1, and is compatible with Android 9.
The HONOR 9X Pro is priced at Rs 17,999, and will be available on Flipkart in Midnight Black and Phantom Purple colours.
HONOR is also hosting a special early access sale for the 9X Pro that will run from 12 noon on May 21st to midnight on May 22nd. Customers who register for this sale till 19th May midnight, will get a flat Rs 3,000 discount, making the effective price just Rs 14,999. No-cost EMIs for up to 6 months and a one-time free screen replacement are also part of the early bird offer, T&C* applied.
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