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Top 10 Apps on the Huawei AppGallery

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Jenna Delport
Jenna Delport
I’m a tech writer, world traveller, avocado-eater and dog lover, not always in that order.

Looking back, our devices and apps were a great source of comfort and convenience as we navigated through the various challenges of 2020.

With this in mind, the Huawei AppGallery saw significant downloads of its most popular apps and games – ranging from entertainment and shopping to banking, games and more.

Here is a quick look at the 10 most popular apps and games from 2020:

1. TikTok

TikTok blew up on the scene and it’s safe to say this can be credited to the lockdown. While the majority of us were stuck at home, the creative ones amongst us really made the most of their time creating interesting and funny video content.

From the ‘Don’t rush’ make-up challenge, to following the amazing dynamic between Malcom and his house help Thembi, to all the funny lip-synching video clips and well-choreographed dance videos, the platform provided much-needed entertainment.

If you enjoy short-form videos, TikTok is a great platform to create your own content, and possibly become a viral TikToker.

2. Load Shedding Notifier

2020 didn’t exactly knock the lights out in the way we had hoped for. Eskom had us on our toes trying to keep on top of when and where power outages would be experienced in South Africa.

It’s no wonder, then, that Load Shedding Notifier was among the best apps for the year, as it helped us plan our lives.

3. Mr D Food

We can all agree that sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking. Mr D was undoubtedly South Africa’s go-to food delivery app this year, offering a selection of more than 5 000 local and national restaurants.

It’s a great food delivery service option because you can use just this one app to access different kinds of food outlets to cater to all your foodie cravings.

4. Truecaller

Random incoming calls from unfamiliar numbers can really ruin your day. If it isn’t telemarketers taking up your time trying to entice you to buy a product or service you’re not even interested in, then it’s your existing bank/telecoms provider/life insurer trying to get you to buy more.

Truecaller is your solution for these irritants, allowing you the opportunity to identify who is calling you so you can choose whether to answer or ignore. This caller ID and spam blocking app manages all your calls and messages with the benefit of filtering out telemarketers, robocalls and other unwanted disturbances, giving you peace of mind.   

5. Showmax

Lockdown downtime gave many the opportunity to finally catch up on and indulge in their favourite TV shows and movies. Offering the best in local and international TV series, kid’s shows, blockbuster movies and sport, Showmax proved popular in 2020 as people streamed away while safely staying at home.

6. Aliexpress Shopping

Online shopping has been a great alternative to visiting stores, especially during the ongoing pandemic. Huawei users certainly enjoyed doing their shopping on the Aliexpress Shopping app, where you can shop fashion, home, health, tech, toys, sports and shoes.

While online shopping on international sites is fun, additional shipping costs are no fun for the pocket, but with this app, shoppers get to enjoy free shipping on over 75% of items.

One of the amazing features of the app is its image search, which matches an item in an image you upload with products, so you find what you’re looking for. So, if you’ve been inspired by a certain outfit and need to find the closest thing to it, this app can help you find a match.

7. Nedbank Money

On the finance side of things, the green bank’s app probably saw the most engagement and transactions from users during 2020, as it assisted their clients to do everyday banking and manage money more independently in lieu of going to the bank.

The Nedbank Money app enables their clients to do simple tasks like buy airtime, make payments quickly, apply for a loan, spend your Greenbacks rewards, and more.


There is nothing like a good old school game to take you back to your childhood memories of playing at the arcade. The classic arcade game Ms PAC-MAN was among the top 20 most popular games downloaded on Huawei AppGallery during 2020. This is an enjoyable game with unique mazes and cool designs and sounds, reminding you of times gone by.

9. Solitaire

Another classic, old school game, Solitaire is one of those games you enjoy playing to fill the time waiting for a meeting or appointment or purely out of boredom. It was particularly apt for 2020 being in lockdown. This classic card game is always simple and effortless to play.

10. Kiss of War

A strategy video game is always an adventure. With Kiss of War, gamers have particularly enjoyed that it’s a game of valiant women who fight against invaders to achieve world peace in late modern Europe. Plus, this war strategy game is a real-time, multiplayer combat challenge so you can partner with friends for battle as the Commander in games.

Edited by Jenna Delport
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