If you’re conversant with the news, there’s the likelihood of you hearing about the situation of Huawei as being banned from working with US-based companies leading to the absence of Google Play services on their flagship devices since late last year.
The company had been trying to bypass this by making alternative services and even went ahead with it’s own operating system as well as it’s own “App Gallery” which is meant to mimic the Google Play Store.
The company is now working on developing a new service which it calls the AppSearch which is aimed at helping users find popular smartphone applications for their Huawei devices without the need for Google Play Store service.
The fact that great devices from Huawei such as the Mate 30 Pro or the Mate XS do not make it to the hands of consumers outside of China is concerning and the fact that some users are so cool with this feature-rich devices and paid premium prices to own them probably made Huawei rethink it’s decisions and decide to make this software.
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Even though Huawei devices since the later weeks of the year 2019 all come with the Android 10 OS with the EMUI 10 built on top of them, the lack of the Google Play Services is a big issue which many do not really find as interesting and part of why the Huawei’s growth globally hasn’t been so great even though the company sells in millions in China, it’s aim to be the top biggest smartphone maker right over Samsung is affected by this.
The fact that the Google’s Play Store is the most popular app gallery service in Android so it would be a great obstacle for Huawei and its large user base. Thus, the company had previously announced and launched its Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) and is now looking to further expand its software portfolio through the AppSearch.
The App Gallery is currently the official App store for Huawei users but the problem is that this store is so new that it lacks majority of applications being used right outside of China. So comes in AppSearch which will allow users to find and download popular APKs right on their phones. So the dependcies won’t only be on the Amazon app store or Aptioide or other third-party app stores to side-load apps such as WhatsApp, Instagram and so on.
The tests of the AppSearch is currently being carried out in Germany and is available publicly on the Huawei’s Germany website. The HMS in conjuction with the AppSearch is aimed to help users find their favorite applications for the Huawei smartphone which includes the new P40 Series, Mate 30 series as well a the Mate XS.