A mobile phone not pre-installed with Google play store would have been unimaginable early this year.
However, Huawei is making it “the new normal” if the last two handsets launched in Kenya; Huawei Y7p and Huawei Nova 7i as well as two more models expected to start selling end of June; Huawei Y6p and Huawei Y8p are anything to go by.
Instead, the latest Huawei handsets are equipped with Huawei’s EMUI 10.1 operating system and Android 10, which is not pre-installed with the Google play store. This means users have the option of downloading and installing apps from the Huawei AppGallery.
At first, we were shocked to find out that the handsets did not have the Google play store installed.
But users told us there is a way in which you install your Google applications.
“One way of doing it, is by cloning your old mobile phone, then you will have all your old applications including those on Google play store,” Michael Omondi, an IT technician at a private university in Nairobi explains.
“The other way is to download and install AppFinder from the Huawei AppGallery then use it to search and download apps of your choice.” Another way is to utilize the Huawei Community on the handset to guide you while installing apps, he adds.
Even though the explanation seemed simple, new technology mostly poses challenges to users learning it.
Omondi says the launch of Huawei AppGallery will offer users more options to the google play store and Apple’s iOS app store that had dominated the market.
The AppGallery is an investment that Huawei Mobile has made as it targets to make its devices very user friendly.
“Huawei AppGallery has adopted a “glocal” strategy that combines the best attributes of globalized collaborations with those of localized business operations, singling out only quality apps to ensure an enriching user experience that’s lucrative for app developers as well,” said Brenda Khaimia, Huawei Mobile Kenya, Communications and Marketing Manager.
The operating system aside, Omondi says the stylish 48 megapixel AI quad-camera was what got him to folk out Kshs 29,999 to buy the Huawei Nova 7i. “So far, I’m happy with the device,” he adds. “With its Super Night Mode, I’m able to snap great night photos while on the go.
Laban Mwangi, a photo-journalist, says Huawei Nova 7i has a powerful AI video editor, which can be used to add background music and trim footage, hence making his professional work easier. “I no longer need to be carrying with a video camera, with this phone, I’m able to do most of the tasks I do use my video camera and laptop,” Mwangi says.
During the launch of Huawei Nova 7i, Khaimia said the super-fast charging feature would suit the handset’s main target market; the youth. “This phone not only has a high capacity 4200mAh battery, it can be charged from zero to 70% within 30 minutes,” she noted.
Speaking during the launch of the handset in the Kenyan market, Khaimia said: “The Nova 7i is a phone for those who love to play, capture and share.”