Still sanctioned by the United States, Huawei cannot preinstall Google apps and services on its smartphones. But little by little, the Chinese giant is establishing an alternative to these services. For example, to install apps, Huawei smartphone users use the AppGallery store. And since not all applications are available on this store, the Chinese giant has also created a search engine that allows users to find .apk files.
Thanks to this system, Huawei smartphone users without Google apps (and without the Play Store) can install the apps they need. Among the other applications developed by Huawei, there is also Petal Maps for navigation, as well as an application called DOC for office automation. And moreover, little by little, Petal Search, which was used to search for .apk files for applications, is also becoming a real search engine competing with that of Google.
Soon, a competitor of Google Translate?
While its Harmony OS operating system is gradually arriving on smartphones to replace Android, Huawei would also like to develop a competitor to Google Translate. It has been a while since rumors circulated about this app, called Petal Translate.
And today, the manufacturer has already shifted to higher gear in the development of this application. Indeed, in an article published a few days ago, the Huaweicentral news site indicates that in China, Huawei has started public beta testing of this new application. This would offer the translation of texts in several lags, translation via image recognition, as well as the translation of dialogues in real time.
It remains to be seen whether this application, when it comes out, will perform as well as the translation apps offered by Google and Apple.
The Huawei P50 still uncertain
Unfortunately for Huawei, while it seemed to be able to get by without Google’s apps and services, it also suffers from hardware difficulties. When Washington announced its sanctions against Huawei in 2019, those measures banned U.S. companies (except those that have been licensed) from doing business with Huawei.
The manufacturer was deprived of Google apps, but it could continue to use the open source version of Android, and rely on non-American companies to source components for smartphones. Nonetheless, new sanctions announced by the former Trump administration in 2020 have depressed Huawei.
Indeed, since the entry into force of these new sanctions, non-American companies are also concerned. Huawei, for example, was no longer able to source Kirin chips for its smartphones.
And currently, we don’t know when my Huawei P50 series, the manufacturer’s new generation of flagships, will be released. A month ago, during an event broadcast online, Huawei gave a preview of the P50. But he admitted that because of US sanctions, he is not yet able to give a date.