After a string of fallouts due to the .U.S. trade ban, Google has removed Huawei's Mate X and P30 Pro from Android.com, its official Android homepage that showcases the latest devices from its Android OEM partners.
The Mate X and P30 Pro are the latest devices from Huawei: the P30 Pro was announced on March 26th. The Huawei Mate X is the company's first foldable smartphone, and the only such device in the world that was on track to be released this spring. Samsung's Galaxy Fold was recalled due to broken or cracked screens, screen flickering, and a huge design gap in some models. The current Android.com homepage showcases Android Q and the latest devices that are Android Q-eligible. Huawei's products were listed among the "latest and greatest" devices before they were removed to comply with the U.S. trade ban which requires American companies to cut all business ties with the Chinese firm.
Last Thursday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order blacklisting Huawei from doing business in the U.S., citing national security concerns.
Trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing have only gotten worse, and Huawei has been considered to be a spy for the Chinese government by many. The effects of the presidential ban are being felt already, as Huawei saw its Android license revoked earlier this week, albeit it managed to win a reprieve from Washington. The revocation of Huawei's Android license prevents the Chinese OEM from using Google's proprietary parts of Android such as the Play Store and apps like Gmail, Maps, Docs, and others.
Huawei is now under a three-month reprieve during which it will still receive security patches and updates, but the company won't get access to Google's upcoming Android Q, a major system update expected to significantly improve the performance of all products running Google's mobile OS. Additionally, even Qualcomm, Microsoft, Micron, and Intel have cut ties with Huawei due to the trade ban issued by President Trump.
In another huge blow to Huawei, ARM, known for developing the SoC architecture in every processor chipset from Snapdragon (Qualcomm) to Exynos (Samsung) and Kirin (Huawei), has cut ties with Huawei as well. Without ARM's support, Huawei can't make a chipset of its own nor buy one from another supplier. Smartphones naturally cannot operate without SoCs, so the loss of ARM's support essentially cripples the entirety of Huawei's mobile operations.
The P30 Pro features Huawei's Kirin 980 SoC, a 32MP selfie camera, in-display, optical fingerprint sensor, 32-bit audio, a 6.47-inch FullHD+ curved display, 8GB of RAM, three storage variants (128GB, 256GB, and 512GB), and a 4,200mAh battery with 40W fast charging, 15W wireless charging, and Android 9.0 Pie as the major system update out of the box. On the other hand, the P30 Pro has a 40MP main camera sensor, 20MP wide-angle sensor, and an 8MP 5x telephoto camera, along with 10x hybrid optical zoom and a Time-of-Flight (ToF) back sensor.
Huawei's foldable Mate X was expected to ship with Huawei's Kirin 980 octa-core SoC, its 5G-enabled Balong 5000 processor, the world's first 7nm 5G chipset, as well as a foldable display that folds outwards as opposed to the Galaxy Fold's inward folding.