Google says the Huawei Mate 30 can’t be sold with Google Play apps and services
Huawei’s future with Android has been up in the air all Summer. The latest news doesn’t sound good for the company’s immediate future with Google services on Android. According to company executives speaking to Reuters, Huawei is going ahead with the Mate 30 launch without Google Play apps and services.
According to Reuters, a Google spokesperson said the Huawei Mate 30 can’t be sold with the licensed version of Android or Google apps and services due to the US ban. The 90-day postponement of the ban does not apply to new products, which the Mate 30 qualifies as. Earlier this month, Richard Yu said the Mate 30 did not receive certification to use Google Play Services before the trade ban was put in place. They are considering using Harmony OS if the ban is not lifted.
Reuters says it’s possible that Huawei could use AOSP to get around the ban, but as we’ve previously reported, that may not be true. Huawei is still planning to unveil the Mate 30 line on September 18th, but as they did with the Honor 20 Pro, the launch date may be delayed.
There is a lot of confusion and uncertainty with Huawei right now. Obviously, losing Google’s immensely popular apps would be a big blow. Great hardware is important, but at the end of the day, it’s apps that we use the most. Losing key services such as Google Maps would be a deal-breaker to many Huawei fans and potential buyers. We will continue to track this story as it develops.