The Chinese manufacturer will have to do without Google services for mobile, including access to the Play Store, on its next high-end models, whose release is expected in the coming months.
The next high-end smartphone models of Chinese manufacturer Huawei – the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro – will not have an Android operating system with Google services when marketing. Buyers of this smartphone will not find applications such as Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail or YouTube. And they will not be able to access the Play Store, the official Android application store managed by Google, to install them.
Google has confirmed this information at World Friday, August 30, after initial evidence given to the Reuters news agency on Wednesday that "Google mobile services" can not be included and integrated on these new devices.
This planned absence of Google services and applications is for Huawei one of the first concrete consequences of the decision made by the United States in May to include the Chinese manufacturer in the list of foreign companies with which US companies do not the right to exchange technology. The Trump administration then explained that it had serious doubts about Huawei's intentions and practices, accused of being a danger to the country's security.
The Huawei Mate 30 and its advanced version, the Mate 30 Pro, are the next very high-end devices from the Chinese manufacturer, designed to compete with Samsung's Galaxy Note. Supposed to be 5G compatible, they should be officially presented on September 18th in Munich.
But no marketing date has been announced yet. And it is now certain that the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will be the first Huwaei smartphones that will not run mobile services licensed from Google – unless the Trump administration does move the lines again.
While it should remain possible for Mate 30 users to manually install Google applications by finding them directly on Internet sites, these will be risky and not recommended maneuvers. Google goes exclusively through the Play Store to distribute its mobile applications, and ensure the integrity as its updates: install and use applications like Gmail or YouTube through alternative circuits opens the door to many risks ( infected, obsolete, or dysfunctional applications).
For its previous models of smartphones, already marketed with Google services, Huawei had obtained several reprieve in order to adapt its equipment and offer updates of its mobile environment. The last 90-day stay was announced on August 19th.
But the release of Mate 30, which are brand new models, is not concerned by this reprieve, according to the information given by Google to World. The US company as well as the Chinese manufacturer are therefore obliged to respect the new framework imposed by the US administration for the release of this Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro.
Which operating system for the Mate 30?
In response to the US ban, Huawei had introduced in early August HarmonyOS, its own operating system likely to replace Android on its future devices. But HarmonyOS, still in the design phase, should not equip the Mate 30s either.
A Huawei executive said at the end of August, at a professional event in New York, that there was still no question for Huawei to release a device running HarmonyOS. "Our new phones will always be based on Android. (…) We want to maintain one standard, one ecosystem, one technology " on Huawei devices, he said. Asked by Agence France-Presse on the subject on Thursday, a spokesman for Huawei left all options open: "We will continue to use Android and its ecosystem if the US government allows us. If not, we will continue to develop our own operating system. "
One of the possibilities for Huawei with its Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will be to stick to what many Chinese manufacturers are doing to launch their smartphone in China, where Google is not allowed: use the version open source Android (the Android Open-Source Project), which can be installed on a device without having any pre-built Google application.
According to a study published in mid-August by the Singaporean research firm Canalys, Huawei, no The global smartphone market saw its sales fall by 16% in Europe in the second quarter, following the announcement of the US ban. But he had posted results still growing for the first half of 2019.