Huawei HarmonyOS NEXT Adopts Apple’s App Distribution Model

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iPhone users have been sneaking in some apps using special certificates, dodging Apple’s strict rules on the App Store. And guess what? Huawei‘s HarmonyOS NEXT is doing something similar!

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In a recent update for developers, Huawei shared a new way to put apps into its OS. Developers make their apps, dress them up with certificates and profiles from their organization, then pack them up nice and neat and drop them onto a server or cloud storage for people to grab and install straight onto their devices.

But wait, these apps aren’t for everyone. Nope, they’re more like secret stuff meant for specific groups, like company tools or secret programs.

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Huawei says this whole thing is for “HarmonyOS applications that are not suitable or do not want to be publicly released on Huawei App Market.” Sneaky, right?

Now, here’s where it gets a bit tricky. This method only works for HarmonyOS apps built using the Stage model. And those fancy extra features? Yeah, they’re not invited yet. Sideloading apps opens up a bunch of new options, especially for developers who want to skip the whole App Market hassle.

So, what do you think? Cool new feature or maybe not so safe?