Petal Search

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Petal Search is search engine product developed by Huawei primarily for mobile users. But for desktops user, they can visit Petal Search Web. The "Petal Search" marketing page on the Huawei website shows several screenshots of it being used through apps.

Petal Search is the default search engine on Huawei's Harmony OS when the smartphone-capable Harmony OS 2.0 version was released in December 2020.

PetalBot Search Engine Spider

Huawei crawls websites using a spider which identifies itself as PetalBot.

For PC and Desktops:

Mozilla/5.0
(compatible;PetalBot;
+https://webmaster.petalsearch.com/site/petalbot)

For Mobile:

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 7.0;)
AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko)
Mobile Safari/537.36 (compatible;
PetalBot;+https://webmaster.petalsearch.com/site/petalbot)

You can set robots.txt to block PetalBot crawl with this settings

User-agent: PetalBot
Disallow: /
User-agent: PetalBot
Allow: /w/api/
Disallow: /trap/

PetalBot is can crawling using a mobile phone or desktops user-agent which would indicate that they planned to target all mobile/desktop/laptop users.

The PetalBot is operated by a Huawei subsidiary called Aspiegel. The PetalBot has a homepage at aspiegel.com/petalbot.


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