Huawei Redesigns AppGallery To Boost App Discovery
Jan 20 2021
Google has removed roughly 164 malicious Andriod apps that have been downloaded a total of 10 million times from its Google Play marketplace. The Androidapp store was reportedly experimenting with a new function to compare two or more apps by their features.
The Android Open Source group is focused and working on a new "hibernation" feature that reduces the memory capacity of applications when they not in use.
Original article: January 12 2021 (5:57 AM ET): We're nearly due for the Android 12 developer preview, if last year's timeline is anything to go on. The Trump Administration has blocked Huawei from conducting any business with U.S. companies, which includes Google and its popular Android operating system, as well as Google Maps, YouTube, and Play Store apps. "This openness means that even if a developer and Google do not agree on business terms the developer can still distribute on the Android platform". As explained in a blog post online, the offending apps were specifically targeted at Android fans based in India.
A new "Featured" tab reveals top Apps and Games hand-picked by the AppGallery team with this section also including new App Cards which are packed with articles, expert guides and full reviews.
For what it's worth, some Android OEMs prompt you to uninstall unused apps as part of system optimization functionality. Though, Huawei has countered this with its own Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) which includes Huawei Gallery, which is an app store for Huawei phones and also comes with other services that come pre-installed. Presumably apps that are hibernated are somehow compressed or cut down in size though (e.g. behaving more like a web app). There are just arrow marks showing if the app has gone up or down.