Huawei develops own search app to replace Google

Chinese tech firm Huawei is gearing up to create its own ecosystem on smartphones. The company has developed a search app similar to Google. The move is a part of Huawei’s strategy to replace all Google apps and services.

Huawei has launched a beta version of its Search service for UAE users. The company has been forced to roll out its own apps and services. While it is clearly not possible to match the quality of results that Google offers, Huawei has already launched Huawei Mobile Services. The only thing missing in this is the counterpart to Google Search. It works fine but raises concerns about Huawei’s Search replacement.

Most Android users rely on Google’s search without the dedicated Google Search app. The presence of the app is pervasive on mobile platform. Google Search app offers more than just the search feature. It pulls features like Google Assistant, Lens, and more. Since Huawei pulled out these features, owners of recent Huawei smartphones don’t have access to any of these services. The company is developing a new way to bring some of the features that Android offered.

Huawei is calling UAE users to test its new Search app that is still under development. The gadget maker has offered the apk to sideload the app. It’s not surprising that Huawei Search only offers basic functions like search results, weather, unit conversion and news.

There is no confirmation on what powers the search engine. The service is operated by Huawei’s Ireland based subsidiary. Google announced a consumer advisory warning users against loading its apps through unofficial channels.