A big concern for anyone buying any of the HUAWEI P40 series smartphones is what apps can you install without Google Play Store.
Find out what apps HUAWEI AppGallery offers, and what you can do if an app you want is not in there.
HUAWEI P40 Smartphones : A Quick Primer
HUAWEI launched three P40 series smartphones, all running on EMUI 10 using the Kirin 990 platform :
- HUAWEI P40 : 6.1-inch OLED display, Leica triple camera system, 3800 mAh battery
- HUAWEI P40 Pro : 6.58-inch OLED display, Leica quad-camera system, 4,200 mAh battery
- HUAWEI P40 Pro+ : 6.58-inch OLED display, Leica penta-camera system, 4,200 mAh battery
HUAWEI AppGallery is the replacement for Google Play Store, and serves as a way for HUAWEI to deliver apps through HUAWEI Mobile Services (which replaces Google Mobile Services).
When it first started out, it was quite bare, but HUAWEI spent an incredible amount of time, money and resources to entice developers to add their apps.
HUAWEI P40 Series : Directly-Available Key Apps
As you can see in the video above, there are now thousands of apps in the HUAWEI AppGallery for the HUAWEI P40 series.
We went through and found the key apps that many people (especially in Malaysia) will want to install :
HUAWEI P40 Series : Apps Available Through Links
Sometimes, you will be redirected to the app’s official website to download the APK (Android Package).
In some cases, you will be redirected to the mobile website to make use of the service :
- Google Maps
What About Apps Not Available In HUAWEI AppGallery?
As you can tell, HUAWEI AppGallery still lacks many important apps, but does that mean you should forego the HUAWEI P40 series smartphones?
Now, your HUAWEI P40 series smartphone may lack Google Play Store, but it still runs on Google Android. So, all those apps you want can actually be “side-loaded” into your HUAWEI P40 series smartphone.
Safest Way : Directly From Official Website
The safest way is to visit the official website for the apps you want on your HUAWEI P40 series smartphones, and look for the Download APK link.
Tap on it to download the app APK file, and then install it (you will be asked to allow installation from Unknown Sources), and you are ready to go!
Alternative : APK Mirror Website
If the official website of the app does not offer a Download APK option, then you have to resort to an APK mirror website.
Basically, these are websites that offers downloads of installation (APK) files from Google Play Store. Just search for the apps you want, download them on your HUAWEI P40 series smartphone, and install!
However, note that there is a risk that they may be tampered with, or injected with malware. So it is best to stick with reliable, trustworthy APK mirror websites like APKMirror, F-Droid or APKPure.com.
HUAWEI P40 Series : Where To Buy?
Here in Malaysia, you can purchase the HUAWEI P40 series smartphones through the official HUAWEI online store :
- HUAWEI P40 (8GB+128GB) : Deep Sea Blue | Silver Frost | Blush Gold
- HUAWEI P40 Pro (8GB+256GB) : Deep Sea Blue | Silver Frost | Blush Gold
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