Two founders of Aptoide: Paul Tresendos (left) and Alvaro Pinto from Portuguese media
According to the Portuguese media "Dinheiro Vivo" reported on the 20th, in Google decided to suspend supportHUAWEIAfter some business, Portugal's Atotede is in talks with Huawei about cooperation. The news was confirmed by Paulo Trezentos, founder and CEO of Aptoide.
As one of the biggest alternatives to Google Play, Aptoide has more than 200 million active users worldwide, over 1 million Android applications on its platform and over 6 billion downloads.
"We think this is an interesting market opportunity for us to build partnerships with Huawei to solve the problems they face." Tresendos said.
The CEO disclosed that his company had contacts with Huawei. He had previously met a senior Huawei executive, and Aptoide's Shenzhen office staff had been associated with Huawei.
"As soon as the news came out, we talked again to see if there were any opportunities for cooperation." He added, "The contacts between the two sides are very active. We have exchanged e-mails and held meetings together. Huawei has shown interest."
Screenshot of Aptoide App Store Interface
At present, it is uncertain which mode Aptoide can cooperate with Huawei, but there are two ways to achieve this: Huawei's smartphone directly carries the Aptoide store, or Huawei integrates the content of the Aptoide platform into Huawei's store through the application program interface (API).
According to Tresendos, "We have several different products (for Huawei to choose from), so that they can understand which framework is feasible."
Aptoide ruled out the possibility of Huawei's acquisition.
"In the short term [acquired by Huawei] is not part of our vision. With the advent of this opportunity, there will always be new opportunities in related areas, and we feel that our growth has not stagnated. We still have many challenges to solve before we finally consider mergers and acquisitions. Tresendos said.
"Don't be afraid to challenge Google"
In fact, Aptoide has long had a relationship with Google.
According to Reuters, Aptoide filed a complaint with the European Union's competition authorities in 2014, claiming that Google had acted improperly.
Last October, a local court in Portugal issued a landmark ruling ordering Alphabet, the parent company of Google, not to remove applications downloaded from Aptoide from Android users'mobile phones without their knowledge.
"The court's ruling sends a signal to startups around the world that if you think it's right, don't be afraid to challenge Google," Trezendos said at the time.
Carlos Nestal, Aptoide's lawyer, points out that this is the first time that courts in European countries have imposed a mandatory segregation of Android from services running on the system so that platforms such as Aptoide can compete with Google's applications.
In July of the same year, the European Commission imposed a 4.34 billion fine on Google for using its popular Android system to shield its competitors.
In response to Google's announcement of suspension of support for some of Huawei's businesses, Huawei said on the 20th that Android, as a smartphone operating system, has always been open source. Huawei, as an important participant, has made a very important contribution to the development and growth of Android. Huawei has the ability to continue to develop and use Android Ecology.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Tim Waktins, Vice President of Huawei's Western European Business Division, revealed that Huawei's operating system had already been developed and tested in some parts of China, and that it was expected to be available "soon".