Huawei, the second-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, is again stuck between the ongoing trade war between China and the US. The White House has once again imposed a ban on US companies for conducting business with Huawei — landing a major blow to Huawei’s upcoming Mate 30 flagship.
Conforming to the Verge, Google has said that Huawei Mate 30 will not ship with Google’s apps and services like Google Play Store and Google Maps. The smartphone will run on Android OS as it is open-source software but Google’s apps won’t be on board.
The United States Commerce department granted a three-month extension to Huawei for managing resources to “provide service and support, including software updates or patches, to existing Huawei handsets that were available to the public on or before May 16, 2019.” However, the upcoming smartphones including Mate 30 and Huawei Mate X aren’t included in this exemption.
There are possibilities that Google might seek a dispensation of some kind from the Commerce department as 130 similar applications from different companies have been submitted to the department recently. However, none of them have been approved yet.
There are also chances that Huawei might add its recently launched Harmony OS in Mate 30 as it would be difficult for consumers to make do without Google Play Store and other Google services.
Huawei could launch its Mate 30 flagship on September 18, but the date could be pushed back owing to the issue at hand. It is a tough road ahead for Huawei and it remains to be seen how the company will handle the exclusion of Google’s proprietary services from its smartphones.