Although initially oriented solely to the Chinese market, seven years after launch Huawei's app store made the leap to the global market and began to be installed by default on all devices manufactured by the Chinese technology multinational.
In 2019, Huawei devices stopped having access to Google services and, as a result, the company began to manufacture its new models using App Gallery alone and without the other app stores that are so widely used outside Asian markets. As a result, a multitude of apps were no longer available to millions of users around the world as, until then, they had not been available on AppGallery.
Shotl acted quickly to ensure its various on-demand transport apps would be available on AppGallery and, therefore, accessible to any user regardless of their smartphone model. This applied to both passenger and driver apps, as well as customized white label apps for individual operations.
In the words of Shotl's co-founder and CEO, Gerard Martret, “It was a necessary step to continue offering on-demand transport services in all the territories where Shotl has been implemented, and I must say that was achieved in a record time, especially if we consider our recent expansion into the Asian market, which has a huge potential market.”
Shotl provides technology to transport operators, municipalities, and large companies, moving passengers in 10 countries worldwide to date.
Shotl On-demand Shuttles is collaborating with Henshin Group Ltd. to include DRT and data solutions for Henshin’s smart cities solution, MOVENS, in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.
A number of cities are trialing different incentives to reduce car numbers. However, there is no ‘silver bullet’ and viable alternatives must be in place for initiatives to succeed.
As 5G technology and smart cities continue to develop it is essential that we create broad alliances that empower from the bottom up and here at Shotl we are committed to this kind of 5G revolution.