02 October 2019
Last week, Huawei launched Mate 30 lineup which has the potential to be one of the best Android smartphones that one can buy. They offer great hardware and features including superb camera performance but they also have one major flaw. It is the absence of Google Play Store, apps, and services which is a result of the ongoing tussle between the U.S. and Chinese governments. And if you were thinking of getting those apps/services via unofficial means, there is a disappointing piece of news you should know about.
A Huawei spokesperson has officially confirmed that Mate 30 series smartphones will not offer the freedom to unlock the bootloader. The confirmation was given to Android Authority as a clarification for an earlier report mentioning that Huawei was considering offering the unlock bootloader functionality. It mentioned Huawei CEO Richard Yu as the source behind the possibility claim but the spokesperson has now clarified that Yu's statement was misunderstood.
An unlocked bootloader would have allowed Mate 30 users to manually install Google Play Store, services, and Google apps to get the complete Android experience that we all are used to. It should be noted that the spokesperson has said Huawei has "no plans" for unlocking the bootloader which means things might still change. But that is a very slim possibility and if having access to Play Store and Google apps is a must for you, we would not recommend buying Mate 30 by pinning your hopes on that.
In its current state, the Mate 30 series will be running Huawei's latest EMUI 10 based on Android 10 (AOSP). The whole experience should remain the same except for no Play Store and Google apps/services. It will come loaded with Huawei's own app store named AppGallery for downloading and installing applications/games. This particular app store is already pre-installed on almost every Huawei and Honor smartphone but those also have Google Play Store. With the Mate 30, AppGallery will be your only native app installation medium.