Last year, Google banned Huawei to use Google’s services in its upcoming smartphones due to a dispute between the US and China. Since then, Huawei has been working hard to develop alternatives to Google’s services for its smartphones.
The company has been rumored to be working on an App Gallery to an alternative to Google Play Store. Even, the company was tipped to be working on its own OS, known as HarmonyOS. And now, the company is reportedly testing a new dedicated search app that will fill the gap for the missing Google app on Huawei devices.
Just a week before, Huawei rolled out a Search App beta program for its UAE users. On the same note, an XDA Developer managed to run the app on its Huawei Mate 30 Pro. As of now, Huawei Search app is in its initial stage and comes with a basic web search feature. While if we compare it with the Google App, its a full-fledged app with several features including Google Assistant, Google Lens, and several other Google services. So, its a long way for Huawei to take on Google in this field.
However, the app does support EMIU 10 dark theme. Also, there are shortcuts at the landing page, such as weather, calculator, sports, and unit conversions. In addition to that, the Huawei search app includes the usual settings options such as toggle search history, toggle safe search, change search region, change language, and a few more.
If we consider the response of XDA, Huawei’s search app is powered by Aspiegel Limited which is a Huawei subsidiary based in Ireland that manages the tech giant’s mobile software services. As mentioned above, Huawei’s search app is good for its initial stage. However, our expectations (as a user) have been raised up due to the existing features provided by Google App. But yes, the new Huawei search app can be proved to be a trouble for Google at a later stage as it will cut out millions of Android users.
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