Petal Search

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Petal Search is a possibly mobile device only search engine product from Huawei. There does not appear to be any website where it can be used. The "Petal Search" marketing page on the Huawei website shows several screenshots of it being used through apps.

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

PetalBot Search Engine Spider

Evidence of Huawei's search engine can be seen in web-server logs on English-language websites. They do not seem to care, not even a little, about Nordic languages such as Swedish and Norwegian.

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

"Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 7.0;) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Mobile Safari/537.36 (compatible; PetalBot;+http://aspiegel.com/petalbot)"

We know this because the PetanlBot is aware of this sites existence. It has, so far, managed to avoid our robots.txt listed

Disallow: /trap/

PetalBot is only crawling using a mobile phone user-agent which would indicate that they do not plan to launch a version targeting 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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