After my experience with Amazon App Store vs. Google Play Store, I hesitated to try Huawei AppGallery. The fact is that Amazon Store is not worth it. At least for smaller productivity apps. The audience is too small.
However, when the US government banned Huawei and Huawei lost Google Play services, I decided to give it a try.
The first version I published was just a clone of the Google Play one, and it wasn’t integrated with HMS at all - I just disabled features that relied on Google services.
The number of downloads was far higher than from the Amazon Store from day one. That was interesting, but, e.q., ads in the free version weren’t performing well because clicks on ads for almost all ads network lead to Google Play. So that was the first reason to go with HMS. The second reason for me was Huawei’s manager’s friendliness and proactivity - I was in touch with the head of the ecosystem for our country, and his attitude was awesome.
Their developers even helped me introduce the services and guide me on what I should replace with the HMS variant and how. They try hard to fight with Google’s monopoly, and they are doing a great job.
HMS integration was simple and straightforward. Excellent step-by-step documentation is available; cloud debugging allowed me to test everything on different Huawei devices even if I don’t own them. Smooth. I would say that the integration of in-app purchases was more straightforward than with Google Play. HMS Ads are so close to any other ads SDK that I could add them to my existing handler literary in minutes.
The next step for me is to enter the Chinese market. There are some special requirements, and I’m keen on learning the process and share it with other users of Localazy - help them to enter the large Chinese market. Anyone with experience on this? I would love to connect.
If anyone here is thinking about Huawei AppGallery, ping me, and I can connect you to their representatives.