Although details about the Mate 30 series, Huawei’s latest upcoming smartphones, are leaking, it won’t matter at all for Huawei fans outside of China.
There’s no reason to check out the leaks and rumors for the Huawei Mate 30 phones, unless you are interested to know what you’ll be missing out on. Regardless of the kinds of features, specs, cameras, or design it might incorporate, the Huawei Mate 30 series of smartphones won’t have the one vital thing which makes an Android phone meaningful outside of China: Android apps from the Google Play Store.
As we know, the US government has banned American companies from doing business with Huawei and thus Google Play Store won’t be featured on Huawei smartphones.
That’s unfortunate because the Mate 30 phones have all the traits of a great Android smartphone, such as a beautiful design, great specs, multiple cameras and great battery life.
According to Reuters, the Huawei Mate 30 phones will still run an open-source version of Android but not a version which gives access to the Google Play Store, which allows users to find and install any apps they want.
So those buying a Mate 30 smartphone won’t be able to access the apps they are accustomed to using such as Gmail, Google Maps, Youtube.
Probably, Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp too as well as Snapchat, Netflix, TikTok, Spotify, Pandora, Hulu, and Amazon.
It won’t matter to Huawei fans in China. For years, Android phones in China haven’t featured Google’s Play Store and Chinese app developers have made their own vastly popular apps such as social media platform Weibo, ecommerce app TaoBao, and the “Netflix of China,” IQIYI.
It’s uncertain whether Huawei’s phones will be sold outside of China, like in Australia, Canada, Europe and anywhere else where Huawei’s smartphones has had a market in the past. We’ll have to wait and see to find out. But it’s really unclear who outside of China would like to buy a Huawei phone if it doesn’t include the apps they want.