Huawei to release a phone without Google apps

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A Huawei chief has announced that the apps from Google and the Google Play Store will not be available on the new Huawei Mate 30.

The new Huawei Mate 30 smartphones will appear without the Google apps. That confirms CEO Wang Chenglu, president of Consumer Software, on Android news site Ausdroid.net. According to Wang, the phone will work on EMUI 10, a variant on Android 10, but without the Google apps such as Gmail, Maps, Drive and Calendar. The Google Play Store is also not available.

The phone is equipped with replacement apps where possible. It may be possible for the buyer of the phone to manually install the apps on the phone. The Mate 30 will be presented in Munich next Thursday.

Trade ban

It is the first time for Huawei to release a device without Google apps. This is a direct consequence of the trade war between China and the United States, with President Donald Trump forbidding US companies from trading with a number of Chinese companies without permission from the Department.

The trade blockade has recently been postponed for another three months, but that only applies to current phones and other devices that are now on the market. Since the Mate 30 is a completely new device, it is not allowed to work with American companies. Also the foldable phone from Huawei, the Mate X, does not get Google apps.

The recent phones from Huawei that are already on the market are being updated to the latest Android version, while maintaining Google apps.

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