HUAWEI has rapidly been scaling the efforts to build the in-house HMS-backed AppGallery, and has been reaping some encouraging results lately. Today, the company touched upon the security and privacy aspect of its app repository, things that landed HUAWEI in hot waters in the first place and eventually led to stringent trade sanctions. HUAWEI says that it follows a multi-layer verification protocol to ensure both quality and security are adequately high for all apps listed on the AppGallery.
In an official press communique, HUAWEI shed light on what it calls a ‘full-cycle security and protection system’ that kicks into action when developers register themselves to make apps for its platform and remains vigilant as their apps eventually reach the smartphones of users. To start, HUAWE requires details such as the real name of developers for the sake of identity verification and traceability.
And once their app is submitted, HUAWEI tests them thoroughly for malware, security loopholes, and privacy inspection, followed by real-world performance assessment and OS version compatibility analysis. Following a stringent test, once an app is listed on the AppGallery and users start installing it on their smartphones, the second phase of security checks begins.
“Firstly, encrypted channels are used to transmit data to and from the app and the device and integrity and signature checks are carried out to prevent installations from being tampered with and ensure the legitimacy of the app,”
AppGallery prioritizes privacy and user experience: HUAWEI
HUAWEI says that it also follows an age-appropriate rating system for apps to ensure a safe digital environment for young minds
The Chinese company says that it follows a transparent data collection policy and doesn’t store any user data in addition to what has been explicitly disclosed and for the sake of improving the user experience. One example of this approach having been implemented is the ability to access AppGallery as a guest without logging-in, thanks to a separate visitor mode.