Hustled by American restrictions, Huawei is multiplying solutions to circumvent the lack of Google services on the latest smartphones. With the Petal Search app (formerly Huawei AppSearch), the manufacturer greatly facilitates daily use. A quick overview.
While Donald Trump announced a few days ago the extension of restrictions against Huawei, the manufacturer continues its efforts to improve the user experience on its smartphones without Google services. Latest idea: the Petal Search app.
Previously known as Huawei AppSearch (beta), this app takes the form of a search engine capable of searching the App Gallery and alternative stores to find all of its applications. Petal Search also includes the Qwant search engine as well as a news feed.
Petal Search: an all-in-one service that makes life easier
As we mentioned in our P40 Pro test, using Huawei smartphones without Google services is still a bit complicated. But the Chinese giant is adapting very quickly, evidenced by the software advances made since the Mate 30 Pro, its first high-end smartphone without Google. Always with the aim of making life easier for its users, Huawei is therefore launching Petal Search.
Application search becomes easier
What is Petal Search? It's first a kind of app store aggregator. When you type an app name, Petal Search will scan the App Gallery as well as several alternative stores like APK Pure for example. With a single click, you will access the store offering the desired application. If no store offers the application, you will be offered a link to the official .apk file. In that, it looks a lot like the TrouvApp app.
This feature is intended to make it much easier to find applications. In addition, you will be able to install a Petal Search widget on your home screen like the Google search bar. Clever.
A search engine and a news feed
In addition to this role of aggregator, Petal Search will also replace Google Search. Indeed, for each search carried out a button will allow you to access the results of Qwant, now Huawei's partner. Also, you can access Google's web services (Docs, Drive, Youtube) directly on official websites and even create a shortcut for direct access from your home screen.
Finally, Petal Search incorporates a news feed based on the Microsoft News service. Why not Qwant's? Because the manufacturer had already signed up with Microsoft to offer this service, says Huawei France. As with Google News, swiping left from the home screen will give you access to the news feed.
Already available in the App Gallery, Petal Search will be natively integrated into the manufacturer's next models. If the P40 Lite already benefits, an update will also integrate it little by little on smartphones launched a few weeks ago, in particular the P40 or P40 Pro. Huawei France tells us that the deployment will start in June.