Huawei has announced to bring the current flagship Huawei Mate 30 Pro from early December in Switzerland without Google services in the sale. Only a few days ago, Huawei had announced that it would test the willingness of its European customers to buy the smartphone with a test sale of the Mate 30 Pro in Spain.
In Switzerland, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro will be pre-orderable from December 4 of this year via Digitec for 1,099 Swiss francs – currently about 1,000 euros. The delivery of the smartphone to Swiss customers should then take place from 10 December. Due to the suspension by the US Department of Commerce, Huawei is also prohibited at launch in Switzerland to install the Google Mobile Services (GMS) on the smartphone. Meanwhile, the company is working on its own solution with the “Huawei Mobile Services (HMS)” in order to free itself from dependence on Google and the US government.
Huawei answers questions about missing Google services
On the company's website in Switzerland, Huawei is openly communicating that due to US restrictions, GMS is not preinstalled on the Mate 30 Pro, while the smartphone still promises to provide security patches and Android updates, it promotes its own app store, Huawei AppGallery and answers further questions. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro comes with the open source version of Android, Android 10 AOSP, with Huawei's current user interface EMUI 10.
All of Huawei's previous smartphones, on which the Google Mobile Services had been preinstalled for sale, will continue to do so in the future – even for Android updates. Affected by the sanctions are exclusively new products that were not yet on the market. With the Mate 30 Pro as the first affected smartphone, it directly hits the flagship of the company.
Start in Germany not confirmed
When and if the Mate 30 Pro also starts in Germany, to Huawei has still made no statement.