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Huawei Petal Search vs Google Search: A new search engine is now launched

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The Internet has become a daily driver for our lives, we use this technology to search for required information, and communicate with other peoples. But if we’re talking about the internet then we must mention its synonym, Google Search, or simply call it Google.

This web search engine was developed by Google in 1997 and it’s the world’s most used search engine across all electronics devices with a 92.16% market share of the overall web searches. And a report suggests that 5.4 billion searches made each day on Google.

Talking specifically about the Huawei ecosystem, ahead of the so-called U.S. Entity List, Huawei also pre-loaded its smartphones with a bunch of Google apps and after the U.S. restrictions, the company had to stop doing so.

This not only caused a drop in Huawei’s smartphone market share drop in the overseas market but also caused Google to lose a major partner to market its smartphone services because of Huawei’s popularity among consumers.

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Initially, Huawei faced a lot of challenges in its smartphone application ecosystem. So the company began exploring another way to fill the hole produced by the absence of Google Applications including Google Assistant, Google Search, Play Store, and more.

Last year, Huawei began this journey by empowering developers to launch apps on Huawei’s AppGallery using Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) and announced incentives to support them on this matter.

On the other hand, the company started developing its own applications and announced the launch of Petal Search. In the beginning, this app was solely used to solve the problem of app downloads in smartphones that comes with HMS and not with GMS.

The response from consumers about Petal Search was quite decent. However, the design of the app was (at that time) boring and disgusting. Then Huawei moved further with its plan and added new features to the app and done an overhaul in the app’s user interface to make it more interesting, interactive, and useful to the users.

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Talking specifically about changes, In January Huawei pushed a new update for Petal Search, which improved its UI, restructured sections, optimized search results, voice search, added more language support as well as feed customizations.

But recently, we’ve noticed that Huawei has silently launched a separate website for the Petal Search (check here), which has the same interface as its mobile version. Usually, Huawei details app details on its Mobile Services website page but this time, it’s not usual to put the whole product on a new domain. However, it’s not impossible since AppGallery too has its own web version.

Woh, wait a minute does this means that Huawei is already a big contender to take Google’s spot? My answer is “Of course not”. The time and the development Google Search has spent among users is remarkable and its popularity is not easy to challenge.

The U.S. tech company has put a huge amount of money and technologies behind this search engine that isn’t easy to develop either.

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But I want to remind you of the fact that if Huawei is planning able to put Petal Search in the Chinese market, the total number of Chinese users may put extra weight on the corner of Huawei and no one cannot deny it but nothing is certain at the moment.

According to Huawei, Petal Search has already achieved 18 million active users in the overseas market and could ramp this figure up to 60 million by the end of 2021, which could be a huge milestone for an app that just launched last year.

Already pushed to older devices:

For your information, Huawei has already pushed Petal Search and Huawei Assitant to most of its old devices, which helped the company to grow the number of active users both in China and in the global market.

Features and Crawling:

Currently, the mobile app has most of the useful features that a search app should have and completes most of the requirements that a Huawei smartphone user may want to have.

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Once a user enters a query in the search bar, it returns the results with different section and provides options to filter the results in different categories including:

  1. Apps
  2. News
  3. Videos
  4. Images
  5. Hotels
  6. Flights
  7. Q&A
  8. Music
  9. In Apps

The web version still needs improvements and we would like to see, whether Huawei is planning to dig deeper into this matter.

While searching, the search results also have a good layout and work absolutely fine along. However, we also want to mention, it’s not confirmed whether Huawei is still using Google’s APIs to crawl the results (I don’t know much on this subject).

Other Petal Apps:

Aside from Petal Search, Huawei has also launched its navigation search, Petal Maps, and recently started testing Petal Mail service in China. The Chinese tech giant is also planning to introduce various applications under the “Petal” ecosystem including apps for translation, live search, keyboard, and more.

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RelatedHuawei Petal App Ecosystem: Petal Vision, Petal Keyboard, Petal Assistant and more under testing

The road for Huawei to build Google apps’ alternative is surely not easy but Huawei has already started its path to overcome the ecosystem and the company seems to be moving in the right direction.

We’d really like to hear your thoughts on this matter, do present them in the comments.

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Most of Deng Li's smartphones are from the Huawei ecosystem and his first Huawei phone was Ascend Mate 2 (4G). As a tech enthusiast, he keeps exploring new technologies and inspects them closely. Apart from the technology world, he takes care of his garden.

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Redmi Note 8 is receiving Xiaomi MIUI 12.5 Enhanced update

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Redmi Note 8 MIUI 12.5

Xiaomi has started pushing an enhanced version of MIUI 12.5 for Redmi Note 8 smartphones in India. Though the update doesn’t appear with new features but brings significant optimizations as well as provides an upliftment to the system and security.

Redmi Note 8 MIUI 12.5 Enhanced update mainly optimizes algorithms, atomized memory, liquid storage, and smart balance for swifter performance and lower power consumption.

Apart from these optimizations, the update also installs the Android patch released in December 2021 to enhance the system security. In addition, it also boosts the functioning of the system and provides a better multiple tasks platform for the users.

Currently, the update is based on Android 11 and it is also eligible for the Android 12 update. Previously, Redmi Note 8 device received an MIUI 12.5 update with a slew of features including new wallpapers, redesigned UI, new sounds, and more.

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Redmi Note 8 MIUI 12.5

About Latest Update:

MIUI 12.5 Enhanced update for Redmi Note 8 comes with the build number, V12.5.1.0.RCOINXM for Indian variants whereas the package size of this update is 656MB.

Changelog:

MIUI 12.5 Enhanced

  • Swift performance. More life between the charges.
  • Focused algorithms: Our new algorithms will dynamically allocate system resources based on specific scenes, ensuring a smooth experience on all models.
  • Atomized memory: Ultra-fine memory management mechanism will make RAM usage more efficient.
  • Liquid storage: New sensitive storage mechanisms will keep your system vibrant and responsive as time goes by.
  • Smart balance: Core system improvements allow your device to make the best of the flagship hardware specs.

How to update

  • Firstly, open your device Settings.
  • Then, hit on the About phone option.
  • Click on the MIUI version.
  • Tap on the Download and Install.
  • Reboot your smartphone and it is fone

About Redmi Note 8 Smartphone

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 features 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and 409 PPI (aspect ratio is 19.5:9). The handset is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 and an Adreno 610 GPU.

The smartphone packs a non-removable battery of 4000mAh with 18W fast charging support. It equips a quad-camera setup at its rear side including a 48MP, (f/1.8 aperture) Primary Camera, 8MP (f/2.2 aperture) Ultra-Wide Camera,  a 2MP (f/2.4 aperture) Macro Shooter, and a 2MP (f/2.4 aperture) Depth Shooter. There’s a 13MP front camera for selfie lovers.X

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Huawei Hubble officially entered the private equity fund industry

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Huawei Shenzhen-based Hubble Technology is a subsidiary that fully focuses on making investments in the market. On January 14, 2022, Huawei Hubble has officially completed the registration of private equity fund managers. Now, the institutional type is private equity and venture capital fund managers.

According to the information, Hubble Technology Venture Capital Co., Ltd was established on April 23, 2019, with a registered capital of 3 billion yuan in Futian District, Shenzhen.

Now, Huawei Hubble has officially entered the private equity fund industry. In the coming future, private equity fund products will be established to raise funds for individual and institutional qualified investors for equity venture capital.

What are private equity funds?

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Private equity funds are closed-end funds that are considered an alternative investment class. Because they are private, their capital is not listed on a public exchange. These funds allow high-net-worth individuals and a variety of institutions to directly invest in and acquire equity ownership in companies.

Huawei Hubble executives:

Bai Yi

Hubble Investments’ legal representative, president, and general manager is Bai Yi, which is currently president of Huawei’s Global Financial Risk Control Center. Since August 1997, he is serving Huawei.

He has served as an employee of the R&D Department, Director of the Research Institute Cooperation Department, and Deputy Director of the Corporate Development Department. Also, he has been in the positions of President and Vice President in other departments. In April 2019, Bai Yi took over as the CEO of Hubble Investments.

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Kong Yan

Hubble Investments Compliance Risk Control Officer Kong Yan is also a veteran Huawei employee. In February 2006, she joined Huawei Technologies as a Project Finance Officer in the Regional Financial Management Department.

In July 2012, she became a financial specialist in Huawei’s operations management division. Further, she began working at Hubble Investments in January and became a director of the company.

Huawei Hubble:

Hubble Investment is fully operated by Huawei and jointly owned by the Huawei Investment Holding Co., Ltd. Trade Union Committee and Ren Zhengfei, of which Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei holds 0.75. % of shares.

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Hubble Investments currently has about 50 foreign investment companies, covering manufacturing, scientific research, technical services, information broadcasting, finance, etc., covering chips, semiconductors, artificial intelligence, and other fields.

In November 2021, Hubble Investments has undergone an industrial and commercial transformation, and its business scope has added private equity investment fund management and venture capital fund management services.

(Source: ithome)

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Huawei trademark applications for ‘Petal Search’ again got rejected

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Huawei Petal Search trademarks

According to the China Intellectual Property database, Huawei filled registration for several Petal Search trademarks in 2021. Among them, the Huawei Petal Search trademarks with application numbers 52765919 and 52774570 got rejected in China.

The Petal Search is Huawei’s own search engine service similar to Google Search, which was already launched for global users in 2020. Following this, the Chinese tech maker has recently opened the Petal Search engine on the home ground. However, due to some reason, it was closed in less than a day of opening.

The information discloses that after the initial rejection of the Petal Search trademark, Huawei did not accept the rejection and applied for the re-examination of the trademark to the corresponding office.

The trademarks review states that both the Petal Search trademarks contain the word “Petal”, which was also included in the cited trademarks. So, their use in the same services can easily cause confusion among the consumers that’s why it was not approved.

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On the other hand, Huawei also failed to submit sufficient evidence that proves or differentiates these new trademarks from citied trademarks. Hence, the trademark applications for Petal Search got rejected again.

 Huawei Petal Search engine:

The Petal Search web engine has owns all the services that a search engine has and also provides localized search services based on user search habits. It can accurately food, clothing, housing, and transportation to local users, and users can enjoy a one-stop service from search to shopping.

Based on the application of big data, AI, NLP, and other technologies, Petal Search also provides visual search and voice search functions to achieve accurate identification of search content. The Petal Search serves the extreme needs of the user’s search efficiency and also supports multiple languages to meet the diverse search needs of the users.  Also, the users can use different languages ​​to get more accurate information and experiences suited to their features.

Huawei Petal Search engine

(Source: ithome)

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