Thursday, 09 July 2020 10:23

Huawei releases Find Apps widget for users to... well, find apps

The FindApps widget on a Huawei smartphone. The FindApps widget on a Huawei smartphone. Supplied

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has released a Find Apps search widget for its users in Australia, describing it as an open gateway to a million apps.

A statement from Huawei Consumer Business said the widget was pre-installed on new devices. Those with P40, P40 Pro, Mate 30 Pro and Mate X devices could download the app from the AppGallery.

Managing director Larking Huang said: "At Huawei, we are committed to providing new and innovative technologies for our customers.

"Now, with the Find Apps search widget, powered by Petal Search Engine, Huawei users have an easy way to find, explore and download the apps they need onto their device."

{loaposition sam08}The widget supports more than 40 languages and is available in 45 countries and regions, with more planned.

Huawei has been blocked from using the proprietary version of Android on its mobile devices after it was placed on a blacklist in May 2019 by the US Government.

Since then, the company has used the open-source version of Android for its phones and has been adding apps to provide the functionality offered by Google's proprietary apps such as Maps, YouTube, Drive and Gmail.

The Find Apps widget was created in partnership with global and European search engine leaders, including Qwant and Yandex.

It is claimed to collate the best in hardware-based security and safety technologies, along with privacy as per standards set by privacy-by-design search engines.

In addition to news, images and entertainment, the search tool lists apps from multiple sources, always providing the source.

The statement said Huawei's AppGallery was integrated into the widget, with apps already available appearing at the top of any search in the new tool.

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