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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
Huawei and Beijing Unicom finishing commercialization of 64T64R MetaAAU
Huawei and Beijing Unicom are hyping up the process of commercialization of the new-generation 64T64R MetaAAU product. According to the reports, both parties are speedily working on the completion of the commercial pilot plan of the MateAAU project in the residential areas.
So far, Huawei noticed that the household regions in the nation consist of a huge number of 5G users. Besides, these residential areas have a high demand for 5G technologies and services. Hence, the company decided to deploy some of the best and most innovative infrastructures in these regions.
Huawei 64T74R MetaAAU
The 64T64R is the new product of the Huawei MetaAAU series. The technology mainly aims at achieving both excellent performances as well as consuming less energy. Further, it has an ultra-large-scale array of technology that eventually increases the range of channels. In comparison to last year, the 64T64R offers 64TRx channels over 32TRx.
Huawei and Beijing Unicom have wrapped up the deployment of 64T64R MetaAAU in several urban areas till now. Ultimately, these regions now have the Massive MIMO products, based on large bandwidth of 3.5GHz intermediate frequency. In the meantime, the cooperations find that the demand for 5G services is rapidly growing in the residential areas.
As a result, Huawei and Beijing started planning the deployment of the new-generation MetaAAU product in other areas to provide the users with an unlimited 5G experience. One must note that the new product offers a downlink rate of 100Mbps and provides high-quality network construction.
MetaAAU 64T64R will offer a better and wider 5G experience!
Describing the future plans and current intentions, the President of Huawei 5G Product Line – Peng Honghua said the following words:
“Since the birth of MetaAAU, we have been commercializing it with Beijing Unicom in different scenarios of the existing network. We will continue to work with Beijing Unicom to verify more scenarios and give full play to the value of Massive MIMO technology to operators.”
Samsung, LG Smart TV market share declines in Q2 2022, while Huawei still doing great
Huawei knows very well how to maintain the quality of the products with time and make it stand at the top in the market. And here is the proof, recently released information indicates that while the top vendors have received a major decline in the Smart TV global market share, Huawei is still doing great with its products.
So far, we acknowledged that the global market for electronic equipment has fallen in the past few months. Consequently, this made a huge impact on the sales of smart gadgets including handset models, tablets, computers, and smart screens.
Unfortunately, this decline in equipment sales has given a major jerk to some of the high-tech manufacturers. According to the latest information, Samsung and LG are constantly facing a gradual decrease in their Smart TV sale.
The first quarter of this year remained at a moderate level for both parties. Samsung was standing at 32.9 percent of the market share while LG gained 17.7 percent. Together, they had a market share of 50.6 percent. However, in the second quarter, the combined market shares directly went below 50 percent.
Thereafter comes the Sony cooperation ranking at the third position with a decrease of 35.8 percent on yearly basis. If we talk about the reasons, it’s undoubtedly the high cost and lower demands of Smart TV in the global market.
Huawei Smart TV market share is at a good point!
It’s not only the global market, but even Chinese merchandise has faced the same scenario in the case of smart screen sales. In comparison to the first half, the Chinese Smart TV market has decreased to 10.5 percent. Yet, there are some brands such as Huawei, Redmi, and Hisense’s Vidda that made a good stand in tough circumstances as well.
Although we didn’t grab the accurate sales of the company. Yet, as per the reports, Huawei Smart TV sales have increased in both – the Chinese and the global market. Huawei brings on such products that are not only affordable but also performance-oriented. Ultimately, this strategy makes its devices higher in demand among consumers.
August 2022 Google Play System Update brings new UI for Autofill and expands Material You for apps
Google has released the August 2022 Play System update for Android devices that comes with various new improvements and system optimizations as well as bug fixes. These updates are available for various Android products including phones, tablets, Android TV and Google TV devices, Android Auto enabled vehicles, wear OS devices, and Chrome OS devices.
According to the information, the August 2022 Google Play System update changes and improvements in the Android system have been released starting August 18, 2022. These system improvements will expand gradually.
Below you can check the complete August 2022 Play System Update changelog.
Google Play Store:
- Improvements to the Play-as-you-download feature to let gamers start playing mobile games while the app download continues to reduce waiting times.
- New Features to help you discover the Apps & Games you love.
- Optimizations allow faster and more reliable download and installation.
- New features to the Play Pass and Play Points programs.
- Enhancements to Google Play Billing.
- Continuous improvements to Play Protect to keep your device safe.
- Various performance optimizations, bug fixes, and improvements to security, stability, and accessibility.
- [Phone] This release adds link groups to GoogleHelp to give users detailed help instructions from apps.
- [Phone] Adds support for Material 3 dynamic color in Android Help.
System Management & Diagnostics:
- [Phone] New settings screens provide better visibility into and control over the functionality of Google Play services on your device.
- [Phone] New UI for AutoFill.
- [Phone] Allows users to add new eMoney cards to Google Pay to pay on transit and in stores in Japan.
- New developer features for Google and third-party app developers to support Location & Context related developer services in their apps.
- Updates to system management services that improve security, and stability.