Sep 12, 2020 News
In June 2020 we saw the launch of the Petal Search which started out as an App Gallery which served as Huawei’s app store in the absence of Google Play Store. Since then, it has grown tremendously and has turned into something much bigger. It has gained several new features and is now equipped to serve as an independent search engine, apart from finding apps for new Huawei phones.
This doesn’t surprise many as after the ban from using Google, Huawei has had to create alternatives for the apps it did not already have. The Petal Search app now functions as a general search engine, supporting news, images and providing results for regular quarries. As with Google and Bing, this app can be used for shopping and flight booking purposes as well. It aims to replace not only Google search but also the PlayStore.
We can’t help but wonder how Huawei is going to make it work and compete with other search engines. Huawei says that PetalBot will crawl and index the web for results. Like other search providers, Huawei depends on its partners to be involved and provide results which include direct feeds for shopping results or real-time data streams such as flight seats and price information via plugin APIs. It especially relies on its regional partners who provide local business listings. However, it does not plan to rely on these partners in the long run as it plans to be completely independent and not rely on a single provider for its results
You can use the Petal Search widget directly on your home screen which is possible due to Huawei’s EMUI Android software. Petal Search has visual and voice search functions, with Huawei already having a visual search tool i.e. HiTouch. A time frame hasn't been given yet but Huawei also plans to build in integrations with its Celia assistant in the future.
While Petal Search is some what in its initial stages, it has made profound progress in the four months since it was introduced and has transformed into an independently functioning search engine. It will take time before it can be equipped enough to rival Google but it definitely seems promising.