Huawei may face a major roadblock for its next flagship phone, the Mate 30 – it cannot be launched with Google apps and services because the White House prohibits US companies (such as Google) from doing business with the Chinese telecommunications company, according to a report from Reuters.
That means that the Mate 30 – and probably other upcoming devices such as the now delayed foldable Mate X – could be severely restricted at launch. They will still run Android, which is basically the open source software that is freely available. But Google has confirmed The edge that the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro (reportedly launching on September 18) cannot be delivered with Google's apps and services on board, which could put them at a serious disadvantage given the importance of Google's apps.
Huawei received a three-month extension from the US Department of Commerce in May to enable it to take action "necessary to provide service and support, including software updates or patches, to existing Huawei handsets available on or available for that purpose were for the public on May 16, 2019. ”A second extension of 90 days was just granted to the company last week and ends on November 19, but that only applies to previously released phones. The Mate 30 (and all other variants that Huawei of plan), does not fit into that account and is therefore not included in that exemption.
Google apps and services – including, crucially, the Google Play Store – are considered an important part of Android as an operating system, so much so that the European Union imposed a record $ 5 billion fine on Google last year for using Play Store access as leverage Manufacturers of Android phones conduct Google searches on their hardware as standard. The only real success story for Android without Google services are the cheap Fire tablets from Amazon, which are not exactly in the same range as the Mate 30, a flagship device intended to compete with devices such as the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, Pixel 4 and OnePlus 7 Pro.
Chinese telephone companies have had to work without the Play Store for years (since Google does not offer services in the country), but it is a much more chaotic marketplace, with hundreds of app stores that all have competing and different apps available depending on the store.
Huawei has been working on its own Play Store alternative since 2018 as a contingency for this kind of situation, but the US ban means it will still have a tough fight because companies such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or any other American company won't be able to offer apps for that store, even if they wanted to.