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Petal Search, Huawei’s alternative to Google Search

by Tejas Dhawan

Petal Search It could also be called “Episode 472” of the soap opera that, for a year now, has been starring in the public administration of the United States and Huawei. Precisely today Saturday May 23, 2020, 10 years have passed since the last episode of Lost was broadcast, I still remember the enormous confusion I felt after seeing it (in a rigorous premiere, it would be missing more). Well, today I am still waiting for the end of Angry (Angry) and I hope that the epilogue of the story between the Trump administration and the Chinese technology does not leave me so puzzled. Although I’m afraid it will be.

Let’s do a little memory or, better, use a more appropriate phrase. In previous episodes:

  • A year ago, the Trump administration decided, without providing any evidence, to publicly denounce espionage against Huawei and veto the company.
  • Google, like many other North American companies, followed the veto and it stopped being a technology provider for Huawei, which could continue to use Android, but not the services of the search engine company.
  • With the water around her neck, the technology company embarks on a race against time to prepare the alternatives to all the elements and services that you can no longer use. And, of course, it suffers some losses along the way.
  • Despite the complexity of the situation, thanks to its speed of response, as well as the search for new technological partners with whom to replace what was lost at the end of its collaboration with Google, Huawei manages not only to survive, but to maintain its market share, to the surprise of many.
  • Given the situation, Google realized that it was the part that had the most to lose and, a few months ago, began to put pressure on the United States administration to be able to “go back” to Huawei devices. Such a plot-twist in true television style.
  • Despite the refusal of the United States government, we recently learned of the arrival of the first Huawei terminals with Google software despite the blockade. How did they do it? Great question still waiting for answer.

And so we arrived at the current situation, in which it seemed that Huawei and Google were walking hand in hand again, when we learned from Gizchina, from Petal Search or, more specifically, from its arrival as an app to the Huawei application store to your Android devices.

The company has been developing this service for over a year. During testing it was identified as Huawei Search, and was already in testing since February 2020. Now, three months later, The first stable development of Petal Search has already arrived, which to a certain extent is a setback to Google’s aspirations to recover its commercial relations with the Chinese manufacturer, to recover the status quo prior to the blockade imposed by Trump.

The download, for now, not yet available in all markets. Its deployment is likely to be gradual, so that the company can measure the volume of use of Petal Search little by little, and adjust the volume of the infrastructure underlying the service. Most likely, however, pre-provisioning has already been made based on estimates, and therefore no need to wait too long for full deployment.

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