Huawei Mate 30 series to launch without Android OS, Google apps and services: Report

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on Aug 29 2019
Huawei Mate 30 series to launch without Android OS, Google apps and services: Report

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Huawei Mate 30 series of handsets could launch without Android OS and Google services.

A Google spokesperson has apparently confirmed the development.

It is unclear whether Huawei will use its Harmony OS on the upcoming Mate 30 smartphones.

Even though Huawei was recently granted a 90-day extension to conduct business with US firms, the smartphone maker seems like it's still headed towards trouble. A Google spokesperson has apparently told Reuters that Huawei won’t be able to use the company’s Android OS, services and popular apps like Google Maps on the upcoming Huawei Mate 30 series of handsets. Huawei is reportedly planning to launch its Mate 30 lineup on September 18 in Munich, Germany, and it will be the first major smartphone launch by the company since the US placed Huawei on the country’s entity list. 

If the report is to be believed, it is still unclear what Huawei is planning to do. The company might use its home-grown Harmony OS, which can apparently be used on smartphones, wearables, TVs and more. However, this is purely speculation on our part right now and we will have to wait for some more information to be outed. As for the latest 90-day extension for Huawei by the US, it is said to not be applicable for new products such as the Huawei Mate 30. Ever since Huawei has been placed on the US’ entity list, US-based companies need to apply for a license to deal with the Chinese smartphone maker. 

The spokesperson didn’t confirm whether Google had applied for a license to do business with Huawei and make its apps and services available for the company. It was previously reported that over 130 applications from US companies were submitted to conduct business with Huawei but none of them were apparently granted. While the future of Huawei’s smartphones are a bit uncertain at the moment, the company’s chip division seems to be in the clear. The HiSilicon Kirin 990 SoC is confirmed to launch on September 6, which will be fabricated on TSMC’s 7nm EUV process.

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