Huawei presented two of its own applications last week designed toreplace Google apps on their phones, also in Spain. These applications were Huawei Docs and Petal Maps, which will soon reach users with the brand’s phones. The second of these applications is the brand’s alternative to Google Maps and we have already been able to test it.
Petal Maps is a maps and navigation application with which Huawei seeks that the users of their phones go forget about google maps, especially those who do not have Google services and applications and therefore use HMS Mobile Services. What can we expect from this application?
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Petal Maps: with the challenge of replacing Google Maps
In the Huawei AppGallery we find a series of applications designed to replace Google Maps, such as Tom Tom AmiGO, which we already talked about in the summer. Although Huawei itself confirmed that they were going to launch their own application, which finally became official last week at its presentation event. Petal Maps arrives with the complicated challenge of occupying the site of Google Maps in the phones of the Chinese brand.
The launch of it has already begun in beta form for some phones of the brand, such as the Mate 40, Mate 30 or the P40, although those phones with HMS Core 5.0 or higher can use it now. It is expected that over the weeks this app will be officially launched to more Huawei and Honor phones.
Petal Maps is an application that is now beginning its journey, which mainly gives us two basic functions: to be able to search for places or addresses on the map and to plan routes or navigate. For operation on the phone, the application you need the location permission (GPS) and also internet connection. At the moment it does not have an option to use it offline as we have in Google Maps.
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A basic and easy to use application
Petal Maps has a very clean and user friendly design. There are no additions in the application, which shows us the map, and a menu at the bottom. In this menu we have a search bar to enter the site we want to search for. There are also three options: Explore (the current mode), Directions (navigation) and Me (your profile and app settings). This simple design allows anyone to use it.
When we want to search for a site in the application, we just have to use that search bar. We can also use it to enter the destination of our trip, for example, if we want to plan our trip to that site. At the moment, the application only shows us the times of duration of such car trips. There is currently no possibility to see how long it takes to get to a place by walking or using public transport. The good thing is that it tells us, for example, the state of traffic, as well as the number of traffic lights on a given route, as well as showing various route options when searching for a site. This helps us to plan the routes in a better way.
When we search for a site on Petal Maps, the application provides us with the essential data of that place: address, contact information and below the name we can see the distance from our location, in addition to mentioning the type of business it is. It doesn’t give us as much information as Google Maps, but at least we have the most essential data. In addition, we can mark sites as favorites, as well as add one as Home and another as Work, to plan routes with great ease.
When browsing, the usual data is provided in an app of this type. It shows us the map and the directions that we have to follow to reach our destination. It also shows the speed at which we are moving at that moment, or driving, because it is designed for cars, as well as the traffic lights. Petal Maps supports voice commands, so we can give orders, for better navigation with the app.
If we take a break on the way, we can click on Finish and the application will stop that navigation. At the time of resuming it, we can press continue again and then we will continue with the route that we were following at that time. We can also perform these controls with our voice.
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An application taking its first steps
Petal Maps is a basic application, in which we miss a multitude of functions, which we have in other applications such as Google Maps. Although we must remember that it is taking its first steps in the market, since it has just been launched in beta form. So in future versions we will see improvements in it, which will allow it to become the alternative to Google Maps that Huawei is looking for. Maybe it will even become a rival on Android.
This application is already launched for some phones of the brand, like the Huawei P40 and P30, as well as the new Mate 40. Although users with any Huawei phone can download it now, at this link. Its launch in the AppGallery has already begun for the aforementioned models, but it is expected that these weeks it will be reaching more models of the brand.
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