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Huawei AppSearch will let users download popular apps without the Google Play Store

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Huawei was able to keep its sales afloat despite the US ban last year. However, it has been apparent that the brand struggled, especially in countries outside China. In the Philippines, Huawei dropped rankings drastically. The main culprit, as expected, is the loss of Google Services support.

Huawei didn’t turn a blind eye on the matter. In fact, it has been actively looking for ways to find an alternative, at least for now. We do all know that it is on its way in making an operating system that would soon compete with Google’s Android. But until that time comes, convincing people that it is still in the smartphone game will be a tough one.

As a response, the brand is currently testing another option. According to a report from XDA Developers, the new app named AppSearch will help users download popular Android apps to their Huawei devices. Currently, it is in beta phase in Germany. 

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The AppSearch intends to aid Huawei users in installing popular apps on their smartphones, but it is not a replacement for the Play Store nor the AppGallery.

Instead of directly downloading the application in the AppSearch itself, the platform will only point you to download pages of the APK of your preferred apps. The list of apps includes Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram and a whole lot more.

For now, the AppSearch can be downloaded from Huawei AppGallery and is currently limited to flagship devices like Huawei Mate 30 series, P40 series, and the Mate X series.

Even though this is far from having native Google Services support, it is a step forward on the part of Huawei. This may not necessarily mean that people will consider buying Huawei, but at the very least, it will help its current users. 

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