If you were looking forward to purchasing the Huawei Mate 30, then this news will damp you down. Huawei’s flagship phone for this year speculated to come with four rear cameras in a circular camera island with a side LED flash, 40W wired charging, 27W wireless charging, a KIrin 990 chipset, a larger notch and a curvier screen will miss out on using Google’s official licensed Android version when it launches this coming month.
According to Reuters, A Google executive told them that the Huawei Mate 30 won’t be able to offer Googles official Android operating system and its other widely used apps such as Google Maps or Gmail.
According to the report, the Mate 30 which is scheduled to launch in Munich on 18th September cannot be sold with licensed Google apps and services(Google Mobile Services) as a result of the trade ban enforced by US President Donald Trump.
The temporary reprieve that was recently granted to them only covered current Huawei products and US companies have ro apply for a license for specific products to be exempted from the ban.
In the report, Google doesn’t say if they had applied for a license to offer its apps and services to Huawei future phones. The Mountain-view based tech giant has in the past that it wants to continue partnering with Huawei.
US companies are eager to continue business with Huawei evidenced by the over 130 applications received by the US Commerce Department. These companies are seeking licenses to sell goods to Huawei.
None of the licenses have been granted so far.
Speaking to Reuters, Joe Kelly, Huawei spokesman said that the company will continue to use the Android OS and ecosystem if the U.S. government allows them to do so. He adds that otherwise, they’ll continue developing their own operating system(Harmony OS) and ecosystem.
We are unsure how that is going to pan out especially with the latter. The company had recently held a press briefing where they hinted that company’s next flagship will run on Android, probably the Mate 30 series which will come with EMUI 10 based on Android 10 already baked in.
This recent announcement from Google will have Huawei switch to Harmony OS as they announced in that press briefing if they are denied access to Android.
It’ll be interesting to see how Huawei goes forward from here regarding sales in Europe and other countries if the Mate 30 launches without Android and starts selling with Harmony OS.