HarmonyOS NEXT allows organisations to create their own line of business (LOB) apps for sideloading deployment

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Huawei HarmonyOS system can install “enterprise applications” through enterprise profiles, according to Huawei, this method is suitable for “HarmonyOS applications that are not suitable or do not want to be publicly released on the Huawei App Market and are for internal use or specific groups of people in the enterprise.” Developers can also use AppGallery Connect (AGC) to distribute them in a small range through designated channels.

Huawei has released the HarmonyOS Developer Notes, which states that developers can compile and package their apps through a dedicated internal organization release certificate and profile, and then upload the app package and profile files to a server or third-party cloud for users to download and install directly.

Organizations can create their own apps, including line-of-business (LOB) apps, and deploy them via sideloading.

Custom use cases:

  • Custom Apps: Businesses often sideload custom apps that are not available on official app stores. These apps may serve specific organizational needs.
  • Testing and Development: Sideloading allows testing and development of apps before official release.
  • Internal Distribution: Organizations can distribute proprietary apps internally without relying on public app stores.

If the app is installed successfully but is blocked from running, the user will also need to find the corresponding on-premise app in Settings > System > Enterprise Device and App Management > Enterprise App Management and “Allow” it to run.

Of course, IT Home must also remind that the current internal application release only supports HarmonyOS applications developed by the Stage model of full fledged native signed unpackaged .HAP or packaged .APP apps, and does not support meta-services of lightweight mini native .HAP/.APP apps for the time being.

Source: ITHome (China)