Huawei, the China-based ICT infrastructure and smart device provider launched its latest mobile devices, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. The company touted the new devices as potentially the world’s smartest 5G phone, despite a serious flaw: the lack of popular Google applications. The lack denotes that Mate 30 users will not be able to access Google Maps, YoutTube, Google Drive, Photo Galleryand Gmail. Moreover, Mate 30 series users will not be able to download apps via the Play Store, although Huawei built its own app store as an alternative.
Why the New Huawei Mate 30 Series Cannot Have Google Apps
Huawei CEO Richard Yu confirmed that users of the Mate 30 series will not be able to install the popular Google apps. The new Huawei communication devices they unveiled, are configured to run on an operating system that Huawei developed using the open-source version of Google’s Android OS; sans the latest updates present in the licensed versions.
Google is barred from collaborating with Huawei as a result of the U.S.-China trade war and mainly due to the Executive Order (EO) issued by president Donald Trump last May. The EO prohibits American companies from using information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure provided by blacklisted companies suspected as posing national security threats.
On the same day the EO was signed, the U.S. Commerce Department included Huawei and its 70 affiliates in the so-called “Entity List” of companies that cannot procure components and parts from U.S.businesses without first securing approval from the U.S. government.
That being the case, Google also blocked future Huawei devices from using updated versions of the Android OS. Although there has been some reprieves, to which the Commerce Department gave Huawei temporary and limited exemptions to let the company maintain telecommunications services and updates to existing Huawei users.
The reprieve is slated to end by November 19 of this year, and by that time, Huawei device users would have been weaned from using the brand. Apparently, the ban will stay thereafter, as the Commerce Department added 46 more of Huawei’s affiliates to the “Entity List.”
The larger issues against Huawei are the 21 indictment charges filed by the U.S. Justice Department against Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s CFO and daughter of Huawei founder. The charges include allegations of theft of trade secrets, bank and wire fraud, as well as conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.