ByTown Kassis 2019-09-19 245
In May, the US government blacklisted the world's second-largest smartphone manufacturer, prohibiting US companies from trading with the company without a license. The trade prohibition also applies to software such as Google's Android or the corresponding proprietary services. It applies in particular to new devices such as the Huawei Mate 30. The device will be presented on 19 September in Munich and, according to Google, will have to do without corresponding services and apps.
According to the latest news, the upcoming Huawei Mate 30, Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Mate 30 Lite are not allowed to come onto the market with Google services, as a Google spokesperson confirmed to the two portals. The US government had granted a three-month grace period for trade with Huawei, which was extended until 16 November. This, however, only applies to products already on the market with corresponding licenses. As a result of this transitional arrangement, Huawei can, for example, still supply 35 Huawei devices in its portfolio with the major update to Android 10, as the company announced in August.
However, this does not apply to the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, which means that the new models will have a massive disadvantage compared to competitors' products such as the Note 10, Pixel 4 or Oneplus 7 Pro. By the omission of the Google services and - Apps the devices will be missing too many important functions, in order to be able to offer a competitive product. Although Huawei is working with Harmony OS on an Android alternative that could replace Android within a few days, according to mobile boss Richard Yu, it doesn't seem to be completely finished yet.
Huawei is even working on solutions for the Google Play services, the Play Store and Maps. The App Gallery is pre-installed on all Huawei devices and offers a selection of applications, but you can't compare it with the Play Store yet. With the so-called HMS Core, the company is developing an alternative to the Play services, which are essential for Android.
Despite all efforts, it is questionable whether Huawei will get its own architecture successfully and on time with the support of developers and companies. One of the biggest problems besides the Android ban: US providers like Twitter, Facebook (including Whatsapp), Pinterest or other US-based companies are not allowed to deliver apps for Huawei, even if they wanted to.
Huawei himself emphasizes that Harmony OS is a nail in the crack: "Despite working on its own platform, Huawei still wants to use Google's Android for its smartphones. The Android ecosystem is the better one, Richard Yu said at the in-house developers' conference in August. Only if the company is completely denied access to Google's Android due to further US sanctions, would it inevitably have to switch to its own platform.
If that's true, it's a pity for both Huawei Phones and global users. However, if you still want to use the Google services, you can also download the Google Apps by yourself via Google Installer. You can check this guide about “How to install Google Play Store on Huawei Mate 30 series smartphones” to know more detailed steps.
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