Petal Search
Developer(s)Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Initial release2020
Stable release
12.0.0.300
Included withHuawei Phones and Tablets
Available inMultilingual
TypeSearch engine
Websitehttps://www.petalsearch.com/

Petal Search is a search engine, developed by Huawei in the second half of 2020, it is available on mobile and desktop platforms. Inspired by Huawei’s logo, the search engine was named Petal as in flower petals.

History

In 2019, multinational technology company Huawei was affected by the sanctions enforced during an ongoing international trade ban. Huawei’s new and upcoming Android smartphones were denied access to Google mobile services.[1] Due to these restrictions, Huawei decided to expand the scope of the Petal Search service to create an independent search engine.

Functionality

Third-party App Stores

Petal Search is a mobile search engine and also provides users who are searching for mobile phone applications with results from the AppGallery (Huawei's official app store) and other third-party stores. When a user searches for an app, Petal Search includes results from "trusted" app stores.[2] This feature is integrated with the AppGallery. Third-party software sources include Aptoide, APKMonk, APKPure, APKCenter and UptoDown.[3]

Search Channels

Visual Search

Petal Search supports searching for photos, reverse image search, and the standard text-based search. Visual search functions rely on Huawei’s visual search technology, HiTouch.[4] It can search for and detect multiple objects in an image at the same time. For example, when a user takes a photo of a sofa with a blanket and a cushion on it, Petal Search can identify all three items, and then deliver search results based on that.[citation needed]

Voice Search

Petal Search supports voice search for English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Turkish and other languages.[5]

News Search

Petal Search crawls and lists results from news outlets.[6]

Video Search

Petal Search provides users specifically with video URLs if chosen by the user. If a general query returns video results it will also be included in the results page.[7]

App Search

Petal Search offers a mobile application search functionality which allows users to search the App Gallery and other third-party sources.[8]

Shopping Search

Users can search for consumer products on Petal Search and then follow a link to the online store make a purchase.[9]

Travel Search

A flight reservation function is available on Petal Search. Users can also book hotels or search for information on flights such as the arrival time. Nearby restaurants, local tourist spots and attractions and local events can also be searched for.[10]

Local Search

The Near Me function facilitate finding local businesses, nearby products and services and consumer reviews. Data providers: Uberall, Tripadvisor, Yell_(company), Foursquare_(company) an more.[11]

Design

Petal Search’s logo design is based on the shape of a magnifying glass. The main focus is currently to develop the service for mobile devices, therefore its design is rooted in a “mobile-first” approach. It also offers a “dark mode” option.[citation needed]

Availability

Petal Search is active in different markets around the world, currently focusing its operations in European countries. Mainly in Spain and Turkey.[12] As of November 2021, Petal Search supports 55 languages and is available in 170 countries and regions around the world.[13] Currently, Petal Search application is available to download in Huawei AppGallery and Apple App Store.

See also

References

  1. ^ Moon, Angela (20 May 2019). "Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist - source". Reuters. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  2. ^ Friedman, Alan. "Huawei's breakthrough Petal Search app helps users install content banned by the U.S." Phone Arena. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Huawei P40 Pro long-term review: Last call for Huawei's Western dream". Android Authority. 27 March 2021. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Huawei's Petal Search Blossoms into Full Google Competitor". www.digitaltrends.com. 11 September 2020. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Huawei Grows Its Mobile Services Apps with Petal Search, Petal Maps, and Huawei Docs | News | Smartphones". Neofiliac. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Huawei Petal Search goes head-to-head with Google". Android Authority. 11 September 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Huawei Petal Search goes head-to-head with Google". Android Authority. 11 September 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  8. ^ Ion, Roxana. "Petal Search, Huawei's Way Of Avoiding US Restrictions". TechTheLead. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Huawei Petal Search Aims To Compete With Google". Android Headlines. 14 September 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Huawei's Petal Search Bar helps P40 Pro users find apps, content, and news from other outlets". TalkAndroid.com. 4 June 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Uberall and tech giant Huawei announce partnership, integrating Uberall's global platform with Petal Search". Uberall.com. 11 September 2020. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  12. ^ "Huawei Petal Search Aims To Compete With Google". Android Headlines. 14 September 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  13. ^ "Huawei has launched Petal Search to connect users to more apps". Lifestyle Asia Singapore. 8 July 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2021.