Huawei has been developing its own Harmony OS and Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) due to the recent tussle with the US Government. As per the ban, Huawei can’t collaborate with US-based companies. Following this, Google pulled itself from providing Android updates and Google Mobile Services to Huawei. It forced Huawei to develop its own operating system called “Harmony OS” and “Huawei Mobile Services”. Huawei is not stopping just there; it is also coming up with its own search engine.
According to a report by XDA-Developers, has confirmed that Huawei is hiring some test users in UAE and even provided the APK file in the post. Unlike the Google app, Huawei Search is a basic search app that lets users search the internet for webpages, videos, news articles, and images. There is also a shortcut to see the current weather, which brings up a widget of the current 24-hour forecast powered by Huafeng-AccuWeather.
Huawei seems to have developed its own search engine from scratch. In the Privacy Statement, Huawei says the user has the “right to request delisting of a search result” which is in accordance with GDPR. It also gives a hint that it’s not using a third-party engine. For now, the app is limited in beta testing. It may be first rolled out just for Huawei smartphones.
We already know that Google is the numero-uno search engine by volume, with very few competitors having a marginal share in the space, including Bing, Yahoo, Baidu, DuckDuckGo, etc. It will be interesting to see, how Huawei challenges Google as a competitor eventually.
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