Huawei and Tencent Nearing Agreement to Exempt WeChat from Revenue Sharing in HarmonyOS App Store

According to a Bloomberg report, Huawei is on the verge of reaching an agreement with Tencent that would allow Tencent’s super app WeChat to operate on Huawei’s HarmonyOS app store, namely AppGallery, without sharing any in-app revenue.

Insiders revealed that after months of negotiations, the two parties are close to reaching an agreement. Huawei will agree not to take any fees from in-app transactions within WeChat. The insiders also stated that in exchange, Tencent will continue to maintain and update the WeChat app.

Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that Huawei was considering taking a share of in-app purchases on its HarmonyOS platform and had discussed a roughly 20% share with game developers.

Currently, users can download and use WeChat on Huawei phones, but there is no formal agreement between the two companies requiring Tencent to regularly update the app. This agreement will not have a significant impact on mobile phone users.

Insiders indicated that the negotiations are still ongoing, and there is still a possibility that the two parties may not reach an agreement.

The insiders also revealed that Huawei had approached ByteDance’s TikTok to discuss revenue sharing, but ByteDance showed no interest in negotiating.

We will continue to follow up on this story with more information.