Huawei’s latest smartphone doesn’t have any Google traces. This forces users to search applications from multiple other sources, some of which are less trustworthy. To get these users used to relying on Huawei to solve problems with its Android app, the company is offering a separate AppSearch app, a search app for Android apps outside the Google Play Store.
Of course, Huawei has its own app store. Even before Google’s problems, AppGallery was the company’s recommended way to get apps. Despite all its best efforts, the app store’s market share in the rest of the world remains small, forcing Huawei and Glory users to search elsewhere.
AppSearch itself is an app of its own, which seeks to simplify operations and keep users connected to Huawei by providing a one-stop shop for Android apps. It helps users search for apps they might not like in Huawei AppGallery and install them as if they were in their own app store.
The biggest disclaimer is that neither Huawei nor AppSearch provides APK for these applications. Instead, they are obtained from other places, such as Amazon’s App Store, APKMirror, the app’s official website, and so on. In other words, Huawei is not responsible for the security and integrity of these APKs.
This is a well-recognized and ingenious solution that allows Huawei users to stick to Huawei’s services while allowing them to install applications that Huawei itself cannot yet provide. Of course, this also exposes those users to potential malware because it does not fully protect them and, in fact, makes it easier for them to make the wrong choices.