There’s no doubt that Huawei P40 Pro scores top marks when it comes to hardware. This new flagship sports a stunning 6.58-inch curved display, striking design, and a quad rear-camera that’ll have rivals quaking in their boots. However, a good phone is nothing without solid software and this is where the P40 Pro falls flat.
With the US trade ban still in full force, Huawei is prohibited from doing business with American companies – namely, Google. This means the latest Huawei hardware cannot use any Google services, including the hugely popular Google Play Store, Google Maps, YouTube, or Gmail.
This has been a big problem for the P40 Pro as it means there are vast numbers of popular apps and games which simply aren’t easily available to download for this device. Huawei is aware of this massive flaw and may finally have developed a fix for this nightmare.
Huawei already has its App Gallery – a replacement for the Play Store with its own selection of apps and games – which is constantly improving with more apps being added on an almost daily basis. And now, the Chinese company is launching something called “Petal Search – Find Apps”.
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This option will now automatically scour the web for any applications that are available for the Huawei P40 Pro. This search includes numerous third-party stores as well as anything in the Huawei App Gallery. So, even if the messaging app or game hasn’t been launched in the App Gallery quite yet, but is available to download from the developer’s website, or another online Android app repository, Petal Search should bring-up a link to download with a single click.
It should make finding apps far easier for devices such as the P40 Pro with Huawei promising that all search results will be safe and secure. On its website, Huawei explains, “Find Apps is a new search widget that helps HMS device owners to seamlessly find the apps they need. Simply search the app you’re looking for in the search bar on the homescreen.
“Petal Search – Find Apps will provide options based on your search whether that’s a link to download the app from the AppGallery, use an official link or download from a third party app store.”
Along with this search update, there’s also another improvement coming to the P40 Pro with all apps now automatically updating no matter where they have been downloaded from.
One of the issues noted when the phone launched was that any applications downloaded via the web wouldn’t show when an update had been released.
This is now changing with a home screen widget now supporting the ability to check for updates to apps that you have installed on your device no matter where they have been downloaded from.
Of course, these changes still can’t replace Google but Huawei is clearly doing all it can to carry on its life without needing the US tech firm. The App Gallery continues to improve and time will tell if Huawei can convince consumers that what it offers is better than Google. And it might need to work on this charm offensive fast as an updated P40 Pro is about to go on sale.
The new P40 Pro+ features a ceramic design, improved camera with 100X zoom and faster wireless charging. It will arrive in stores on June 25 and demand a price of over £1,200 – which could be too much to pay if consumers remained concerned about that glaring Google issue.