22 January 2020
As many Huawei fans might have feated, the upcoming Huawei Mate 30 is now officially confirmed to arrive without Google Play Store and Google apps. The official confirmation through Huawei itself as it revealed details during IFA 2019 in Berlin. The situation remains the same for the Mate X foldable smartphone as well.
Huawei revealed that Mate 30 series will be running the latest Android 10 layered with EMUI 10 but it will be an open-sourced version. It means the next-gen Android flagship will not be running the same Google-powered Android that we have been seeing on all major smartphones. It also means that Harmony OS is still far from arriving on smartphones for end consumers.
Since there will not be Google Play Store and Google apps access, the team is already busy working on providing alternatives to those services. For example, it will offer some other third-party maps and navigation service to replace Google Maps. It is likely to offer an email client app for allowing users to keep using Gmail. But it is practically impossible to release all of them, especially the likes of Google Drive and Google Photos. The biggest blow for the smartphones is losing access to the Play Store which is home to billions of Android apps and games.
It goes without saying that the reason behind no Google apps and the Play Store is the ongoing trade war between the United States and China. Even though the Trump administration offered temporary relief to Huawei by offering a reprieve, it applies only to existing phones and not on upcoming and newly launched products. Unless there is a change of ruling, Huawei Mate 30 is all set to be the first Android phone from a major OEM to release without any of Google apps and services.