A Google spokesman told Reuters that, “The Mate 30/Pro cannot be sold with licensed Google apps and services due to the US ban on sales to Huawei.” So, it is now official – Huawei’s new Mate 30/Pro won’t have Google apps and probably not Google Android either.
A Huawei spokesperson responded to Reuters that it plans to proceed with the launch Mate 30/Pro in Europe on 18 September even though Huawei’s new Mate 30/Pro won’t have Google apps or even its official Android operating system.
Google told Reuters in an exclusive interview that the temporary US Government reprieve on 20 August does not apply to new products such as the Mate 30/Pro.
Huawei was anxiously awaiting that confirmation as its position was that the design process for these devices started before the black ban and the mate 30 series should be fine.
It appears that both Google Android 10 and all Google apps will not be available. Speculation is that an Android fork instead of Huawei’s HarmonyOS will be loaded, meaning it cannot access Google Play.
The Mate 30/Pro uses its new Kirin 990 SoC developed by HiSilicon using designs from British chip designer ARM Holdings, owned by Japan’s SoftBank.
ARM severed relations with Huawei after the US ban because its designs contain U.S. origin technology. But Huawei’s Kirin 980 design (as in the P30 series) predates the blacklisting of Huawei. Until resolution that is the last Kirin, indeed ARM-based chip Huawei can use. It can’t buy ARM technology, the basis of Android and iOS devices from anywhere else.
Reuters reported that the U.S. Commerce Department had received more than 130 applications from companies for licenses to sell U.S. goods to Huawei, but none granted.
New clarity for Huawei owners
Current owners of Huawei smartphones – up to the P30 series – can continue to access Google Play apps. It is unclear if they will get further Android OS updates.
Google is providing monthly security patches that Huawei has to approve and roll out. The Twittersphere indicates that for P30/Pro/Lite owners, the last security patch was February, but Huawei’s support bulletin indicates that security patches are issued each month. We are not sure what the state of updates is in Australia.
As we said, the temporary Google reprieve last month is the worst thing that the US could do for Huawei. At least now Google has gone on record that phones past the P30 series won’t be Google Android-based.
GadgetGuy’s take – Huawei’s new Mate 30/Pro won’t have Google apps
We will continue to cover the news, but it looks like the end of Huawei’s global meteoric rise to fame. For now, it may have to settle for its Chinese and Asian distribution only.