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Huawei Partners With Bitrise to Help Mobile Organizations and App Creators Enter the China Market

The Global Provider of Smart Devices Debuts New AppGallery Deploy “Step” on Bitrise; Developers Can Now Get Apps Into the 530M+ User Huawei’s AppGallery in Under an Hour

Bitrise, the Mobile DevOps company that the world’s most well-known organizations rely on to get mobile apps to market faster, today announced its work with Huawei. The global smart device provider has tapped Bitrise as part of its mission to attract the world’s best mobile apps into its 530M+ user AppGallery, in turn enabling app creators to more easily enter the restrictive Chinese market.

Huawei is one of 20 companies in Bitrise’s new Verified Partners Program. Bitrise introduced the program to give select organizations the opportunity to build integrations--or “steps”--for Bitrise’s user base of more than 6,000 global companies and 150,000 developers. Bitrise’s users create more than 150 million builds per month through its platform.

Huawei’s step, “Deploy to Huawei AppGallery,” serves the dual purpose of attracting the world’s best app developers to submit their apps to the Huawei platform, and ensuring that its user base has access to the world’s best apps.

For western mobile organizations and developers, there are currently a number of barriers to entry to launching their apps into China. Google Play, for instance, is restricted in China, which means Android developers have to navigate new Android app stores to distribute their apps. And while Apple has a version of its App Store available for iPhone users in China, it does not dominate the mobile app market like it does in western markets.

Huawei’s AppGallery, by contrast, is one of the largest app markets in China (second only to Tencent). Through its new AppGallery Deploy step on Bitrise, developers can automatically deploy their apps to Huawei’s AppGallery from Bitrise, and decide whether they want to save it as a draft or publish it to production.

“Our overarching mission is to be a one-screen Mobile DevOps platform that gives developers everything they need to compete in the aggressive mobile marketplace,” said Barnabás Birmacher, CEO of Bitrise. “Expanding into new markets is a critical part of this endeavor, and through our new partnership with Huawei’s AppGallery, we are pleased to be able to help developers not only enter the Asian market quickly and easily, but to compete there once they do.”

Bitrise’s Step Library currently features more than 330 steps. Each step is a building block--tool, process or action--that, when combined with other steps, makes up a complete mobile development process or workflow. Some of the steps in the open-source library are core parts of the mobile development lifecycle, while others provide added or advanced functionality. All steps are plug-and-play, so that users don’t have to write their own script and can further automate their builds using Bitrise.

“Huawei AppGallery’s partnership with Bitrise enables us to interact with global mobile developers, so that they have a smooth experience entering a new market,” said Fernando Prieto Moyano, Developer Advocate at Huawei. “Often, businesses looking to expand their mobile apps into the Asian market are confronted with the fact that the Apple App Store and Google Play aren’t the dominant app stores. Our new offering through Bitrise will give them easy access to one of the largest marketplaces in Asia. This will be particularly beneficial to Android teams, who are additionally challenged by fragmented Android devices and new local versions they haven’t previously tested their releases for.”

Some of Bitrise’s other new Verified Steps include:

  • DexProtector, an app-hardening service created by Licel that helps developers to control key processes and secure the most sensitive parts of their apps and libraries.
  • Localazy, which can translate up to 50% of an app instantly to 80+ languages
  • Appaloosa - App developers can deploy their apps to testers and users at scale, and manage app versions, users, groups, and devices, all from a single interface.
  • DeployGate - Tools that make user testing and user communication easier by automating various tasks around beta testing.

In addition to Verified Steps, Bitrise’s growing Step Library includes Community-Maintained Steps (created and submitted by Bitrise users) and Bitrise Steps (created and maintained by Bitrise to fit its users needs and keep up to date with new technology and functionality).

Bitrise’s Verified Partner Program, as well as its robust library of steps, are part of the company’s growing Mobile DevOps Ecosystem, a one-screen solution for managing all mobile processes, builds and workflows—on iOS and beyond.

Companies interested in participating in Bitrise’s Verified Partner Program are encouraged to create their first step and apply for consideration here.

About Bitrise

Bitrise is a Mobile DevOps company, whose CI/CD platform is used by more than 6,000 businesses to get apps to market faster, improve security and keep up with constantly changing mobile requirements. Bitrise enables the world’s most sophisticated mobile organizations, including half of all mobile unicorn startups, to automate testing, accelerate build times, and quickly understand how new pieces of code will affect live apps. Customers such as Transferwise (now “WISE”), Virgin Mobile, Grindr, Tonal, Compass, Mozilla, Philips Hue, Marks & Spencer and others use Bitrise to rapidly respond to the changing mobile landscape. Bitrise is a Y Combinator company, headquartered in Budapest, with offices in London, San Francisco and Boston.


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