Huawei's next flagship smartphone, the Mate 30 Pro, is set to launch without Google apps despite the current extension of the US company's dispensation with Huawei's exemption. This would be a major setback for Huawei and probably also the success of the smartphone.
Google confirms that apps will be missing
New smartphones like the Mate 30 (Pro) or the recently postponed, foldable Mate X can therefore continue to use the open source version of Android as the operating system, but have to dispense with all Google apps and Google services. And Google has now too The Verge confirms that the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, expected to be released on September 18 this year, may not be delivered pre-installed with the company's apps.
New products are not covered by the exemption
The US Department of Commerce's second exemption, which allows US companies to continue trading with Huawei and expires on November 19 this year, again refers only to previously published products. Smartphones like the Mate 30 Pro or Mate X are therefore exempt from this exemption. However, the Google Play Store and pre-installed Google services are an important part of the Android ecosystem. Only Amazon has been able to succeed without the apps and services of Google with the cheap Amazon Fire Tablets and its own App Store.
Own store may not offer apps
Although Huawei has been working on developing its own App Store called App Gallery since 2018, the problems of the missing apps are not easy to solve. Because providers such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter or other US companies, may still not offer their apps in this App Store Huawei due to the US government's trade ban.
Which way out Huawei has chosen from this misery, could betray the company for the launch of the Mate 30 Pro on 18 September.