As a result of the US decision to include Huawei on the list of foreign companies with which US groups do not have the right to trade technology, the Chinese manufacturer is prohibited from integrating Android and Google applications. Users will still be able to download them.
Huawei's future high-end smartphone, the Mate 30, will not have the enhanced version of Android with embedded applications such as Google Maps, Gmail or YouTube, but future owners of devices will still be able to download them. This is the first practical consequence of the US decision to list Huawei as a foreign company with which US groups are not allowed to trade technology.
According to a spokesman for Google, this smartphone can not integrate the version of the US giant Android and none of the applications shipped with the ban against the Chinese group. A ban that applies even though Huawei has obtained several stays, 90 days each time, the last one from 19 August. Asked by AFP, the Chinese group assured that "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".
Consistent sources, the devices will however still have the PlayStore application store, also developed by Google, which will allow owners of the Mate 30 to download themselves Google applications if they wish. The Mate 30, and its advanced version the Mate 30 Pro, are the very high-end devices of the Chinese manufacturer, cut to compete with the Galaxy Note range of Samsung. They should be officially presented on 18 September in Munich, but no commercialization date has yet been announced.
In response to the US ban, Huawei introduced at the beginning of the month HarmonyOS, its own operating system likely to replace Android on its devices but will not equip the Mate 30. According to a study published mid-August by the firm Singapore's Canalys, Huawei, the world's second-largest smartphone market, saw its sales decline by 16% in Europe in the second quarter, following the announcement of the US ban. Over the first six months of 2019, the Shenzhen-based group still saw its turnover increase by 23% to 401.3 billion yuan (52.3 billion euros) and sold 118 million of smartphones worldwide (+ 24% over one year).