Huawei has just confirmed that the Mate 30 will launch without any Google apps and services out of the box. It will reportedly come with other, third-party alternatives running instead.
This is a piece of big news.
For those who don’t know, the Google apps suite includes some basic tools like Google Maps, Google Assistant, Gmail etc. At the IFA conference, Huawei’s president of consumer software said the company was in the process of finishing alternatives to Google apps and services, including GPS navigation.
In spite of all this, the Mate 30 will be working on the latest version of Android, no presence of Harmony OS this time.
The new report from Nikkei Asian Review, clearly states that the Mate 30 series would be the first phone to come without Google’s services out of the box. The Mate X, Huawei’s foldable device will be the second. According to analysts, Huawei’s smartphone sales will see a drop of at least 10 million units in 2019.
The Android OS isn’t as restricted as Apple’s iOS, apps like Google Maps and Gmail are essential to users but we will know more when the phone launches on September 18. According to these renders, things aren’t looking good for the Mate 30, but we believe that Huawei has some sort of solution to this issue.