Due to the US’ executive order that has prevented it from using Google Mobile Services (GMS), Huawei has had to get creative in the way it can continue servicing its consumers with its smartphones. Over in Europe, the brand announced that it was partnering up with French search engine, Qwant, in order to provide a search engine alternative to its European users.
As a bit of a background, Qwant is a web search engine developed by a team in Paris. Available in 13 languages, the search engine claims that it does not employ user tracking, unlike Google.
Huawei says that all its P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro+ within France, Italy, and Germany will ship out with the Qwant search engine pre-installed. For other Huawei devices, the app can be downloaded via its self-name AppGallery.
Huawei says that the partnership is “born out of shared commitment to protect users’ data privacy and security”, and that the search engine has been tailored to provide “more efficient app searches” for European users.