Why? Might you ask. Well it’s simple. The temporary license that Huawei got to do business with Google and other US companies, only works for existing products. The Huawei Mate 30 is not an existing product, which means that the temporary license does not work for it.
That also means that there’s going to be no Google apps available for the Mate 30. That’s a big deal.
Huawei can still use Android, though
As we explained back in May when the ban was first announced, Huawei isn’t banned from using Android. It just won’t be able to work with Google and get Android certified on its device or get access to the code early. Essentially, Huawei will only be able to use the open source version of Android or AOSP.
This also means that there won’t be many bells and whistles available for the Mate 30. It’ll be pretty barebones, plus whatever Huawei adds on with its EMUI skin.
In places like China, where Google is banned anyways, this isn’t a big deal. Most people that use Android are using a heavily modified version of Android. Whether that’s from a skin like MIUI, EMUI or something else, or something that has been modified to work better in China.
But where Huawei is looking to sell smartphones in the rest of Asia and Europe, no Google means plenty of problems.
Android is open sourced, but Google is a big part of Android now. Without Google in Android, it’s really not the same operating system. And that’s something we’re really finding out now with this ban on Huawei.
Lots of uncertainty surround the Huawei Mate 30 impending launch
The Mate 30 is going to be the first flagship smartphone launched by Huawei since President Trump put Huawei on the blacklist back in late May. HONOR, Huawei’s sub-brand, has launched the HONOR 20 since then, but it was certified well before the ban was put in place.
There’s a lot of unanswered questions about the Mate 30 and Huawei in general right now.
We had heard that the ban on Huawei was lifted, but then we heard shortly thereafter that it was not. Huawei has gotten another temporary license from the Commerce Department, but again, it can’t work on new products with its partners using this license.
Will the Mate 30 launch with Android and Google apps? Will it be launching with something different? Who knows at this point, but it is slated to be announced on September 18th, which is only about three weeks away right now. So all should be told fairly soon.