Huawei Mate 30 Series, A Flagship Beast with No Google Apps

Ciara Alarcon
Huawei has unleashed its new Mate 30 smartphones at an event in Munich, Germany. As the Chinese tech giant took its spotlight, noting that the launch was livestreamed worldwide, it’s easy to claim that the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro might be the most powerful handsets today. However, the world turned upside down as the company revealed that these superior phones have no Google apps.

Huawei Mate 30 Series, A Flagship Beast with No Google Apps
Huawei Mate 30 Series, A Flagship Beast with No Google Apps

The Mate 30 series could easily attract buyers – thanks to its great overall specs. But one could easily change his mind, as well, after knowing that the brand has been forced to ditch Google’s Mobile Services (GMS) license on the said smartphone line. Meaning, the Mate 30 phones will work without full Android support.

Powered by open-source Android and running on EMUI 10, the Mate 30 devices will still function like a normal Android phone but Google services and native apps – such as Google Maps, Google Chrome, and Google Play Store – will not be available for it. Instead, the company wants users to surf the web via Huawei Browser and download apps through the Huawei AppGallery.

Speaking of the AppGallery, it has around 45,000 apps according to Huawei. Unfortunately, it has no match with Google Play Store’s estimated 2.7 million apps.

“We cannot use the Google Mobile Services core, we can use the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) core,” Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer products division, addressed. “Today that’s because of a US ban that these phones cannot preinstall the GMS core, it has forced us to use the HMS Core running the Huawei app gallery on the Mate 30 series phones.”

Image Source: The Verge
Image Source: The Verge

Meanwhile, Huawei recently introduced its own operating system – the HarmonyOS, which is also known as the HongmengOS in China. And even after bragging that its new OS will be faster and safer than Android, it’s sad that the mobile vendor still opted to not use it. This might suggest that the company isn't really ready to roll out their own operating system.

As a quick recap, Yu described HarmonyOS as “a future-proof, microkernel-based, distributed OS for all scenarios" during its launch.

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Huawei Mate 30
Huawei Mate 30

Now, what will happen when you buy a new Mate 30 phone? Of course, you will love flaunting its premium body, which really looks cooler than its rivals. On top of this, it has a powerful Kirin 990 chip and overall specs that can offer a blazing fast gaming performance. Last but not the least, it has the best camera features that will surely elevate your mobile photography.

But everything comes with a price. For sure, you don’t want to download your apps – such as banking and mobile wallet apps – on a medium not vetted by Google and from an OEM accused by the US government of providing backdoor intel to China. However, if you don't believe this accusation, then, we have no problem with that. In fact, our team believes that the US government must show their evidence for coming up with this serious allegation.

In the end, we hope that Huawei can get developers' 101% support to make its AppGallery more competitive.

What can you say about this major blow? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Source: CNet, The Verge

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