In April we commented on the call made by Huawei for its Developer Challenge, a digital competition for developers that culminated with a score of winners, who will be able to join AppGallery, the application store of the Chinese mobile manufacturer.
After its severance of relations with Google, Huawei has been in charge of promoting its own application store, as its alternative to the Play Store. To nurture its catalog, this initiative arose that has already completed its 2020 stage with the results that we will review below.
Under the aforementioned context, Huawei and Magical, a digital business accelerator, made an open call to get eye-catching apps (new or pre-existing) and integrate them to Huawei’s app store, AppGallery, an initiative that has just closed its first cycle with more of a score of winners.
In this call, IT specialists, developers and programmers were able to participate, both individually or as a company, who could participate in the development and migration of applications to the HMS (Huawei Mobile Services) environment, with an emphasis on three main categories: native creation of apps; migration of existing apps; and mobile video games.
After completing the first version of this initiative, it was an amount close to $ 205,000 dollars that was distributed among the selected participants. The winners obtained certifications as official Huawei developers and various products and services offered by the company, from state-of-the-art computers and smartphones, to cloud credits and marketing services.
Among the winning apps, those that received the following recognitions stand out:
Most Relevant Apps: TransantiagoMaster, ZappingTV and UdeC Mvil
The first was recognized for being the application with the most HMS integrations and the most relevant for transportation in Santiago de Chile. The app shows a very detailed map of the capital, along with the lines and stops of public transport (buses and metros of the Transantiago network), as well as the schedules of collective locomotion.
For its part, Zapping TV is an IPTV pay television service, which is emerging as an alternative to traditional cable television, with a channel offering similar to that of most cable operators.
Finally, UdeC Mvil is the application that groups together the intranet services of the Universidad de Concepcin, the third oldest university in Chile.
Most Innovative Apps: Stop the Pot, Kewuun and Wizi
The first was awarded for being an application integrated with Map Kit and for its work in bringing together social initiatives to help those most in need. Stopping the pot is a popular phrase that refers to gathering essential resources to ensure daily food.
Kewuun, meanwhile, is an application that integrates a translator with the camera, allowing us to translate elements that are around us, through photographs.
The last one, as it is possible to deduce the similarity of its icon with that of WhatsApp, is a messaging application.
Apps Games: Tricky Pillars, Matt Adventure and Charadas
Tricky Pillars is an app with integrated HMS and Huawei Game Service, which allows you to unlock achievements and track them through this service. The game consists of jumping on platforms, avoiding falling from them throughout more than 150 levels.
Matt Adventure, meanwhile, is an educational role-playing game, which seeks to reinforce math learning in children.
Finally, Charades, is a mobile version of the classic group dynamics of riddles.
Regarding this experience, Ivn Meneses, Huawei Business Developer Manager, commented that We managed to bring together hundreds of developers and professionals from the world of coding to participate in this initiative to expand and complement the ecosystem offer in the AppGallery; in what was a perfect combination to drive useful and creative solutions for people; and that makes us think about being able to develop this type of event year after year.
For his part, Juan Orlandi, general manager of Magical, who acted as co-organizers of this initiative together with Huawei, pointed out that With this call, Huawei is putting into practice an open and collaborative way of working with the developer ecosystem. This practice, in which large companies innovate openly, characterizes an industry that is evolving in the right direction. At Magical we believe this is the only way we can collectively achieve the speed of innovation we need and we look forward to seeing more collaborations like this in the future..
Considering that its organizers made a positive balance after the execution of this initiative, it would not be strange to see in the next time, perhaps in another year, a new version of this contest.
The complete list of the winners who reached the end of this challenge and the details of each of the apps can be consulted at huaweideveloperchallenge.com.