AppSearch lets Huawei users download popular apps without Google Play Store

AppSearch lets Huawei users download popular apps without Google Play Store

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Last year, the U.S. ban on Huawei resulted in their phones not having Google Play Store out of the box. This is because the U.S. Commerce Department placed the Chinese company on the Entity List and Huawei could no longer sign new Mobile Application Distribution Agreements with Google.

This has been an issue for the Chinese company, hence the rollout of its own app store called AppGallery. The thing is, not all apps are available there — especially the most used and most popular ones. This is why they are now developing AppSearch which is basically a consolidation of multiple downloading resources for APKs and the like.

“[AppSearch] assists users to find popular Apps by consolidating multiple downloading sources. All the content accessible through [AppSearch] is provided by third parties. The content is the sole responsibility of the entity that makes it available.”


According to XDA-Developers, users can install their favorite apps on their Huawei phones like Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and Whatsapp. Additionally, Huawei phones like the Mate30 series, P40 series, and Mate X models are examples of devices that can run said apps.

AppSearch is still going through testing in Germany and the APK for it is accessible by everyone on the German site for the Huawei AppGallery. Once downloaded, it lists apps either by popularity, alphabetically, or by categories.