Huawei will not open the boot loader of last week's Mate-30 series, as a spokesman for the group has confirmed at the weekend, after previously consumer boss Richard Yu had proposed a corresponding plan. This in turn means that Google's services can not be retrofitted.
Shortly after the launch, Huawei's Richard Yu, CEO of Consumer Business Group, responsible for the smartphone business among others, had an interview Android Authority It has been suggested that buyers of the Mate 30 series will be able to unlock the bootloader to easily make modifications to the smartphone's software. That was previously not possible for security reasons, but with the new devices they wanted to give the customer more freedom.
We limited [bootloader unlocking] because we wanted to guarantee more security for consumers. But this time we will leave more freedom for the consumers so they can do more customization by themselves. So we are planning to let consumers do that.
Original statement from Richard Yu
Google may not offer services
Such a move would have made it easier for buyers of the new smartphones to install Google's services later. The Mate-30 series is Huawei's first new product line affected by the US export ban, which prohibits certain US companies from exporting technology to Huawei. This includes, among other things, Google, which can no longer provide his many services Huawei.
Huawei still has the option to use Android in the free version as the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), as it makes the group now in the Mate-30 series, which for many customers important Google services and thus but the complete associated ecosystem Google is missing. Although Huawei offers its own App Store with the “App Gallery”, this can not currently hold in terms of scope and timeliness with Google Play. Huawei wants to improve on these points.
No plans for unlocked bootloader
On Sunday, however, Huawei now had to row back in the matter. As a company spokesperson told Android Authority again, Huawei has no plans to unlock the Mate 30 series bootloaders. The spokesman did not comment on the previous statement made by Yu. Therefore, it is not to be assumed for the time being that Google's services in the near future via the sideloading method to flashing the devices.
Mate-30 series still comes to Germany
Even without Google services Huawei wants to bring the Mate 30 series later in the year in Germany on the market, a specific date is not yet. The Mate 30 Pro 5G with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of memory costs 1,199 euros, without 5G and with weaker SoC it is 1,099 euros. The normal Mate 30 is in the LTE version at 799 euros with 8 GB of RAM. The Mate 30 RS Porsche Design is at 2.095 Euro. The smartphones are running Android 10 (AOSP) and Huawei EMUI 10.