Huawei Mate 30 Comes Without Google Apps

How does the new Mate 30 feel without the usual Google apps?

Huawei is working on releasing its latest flagship smartphone – the Huawei Mate 30 – this week. The phone is part of the company’s premium range of smartphones and is planned to compete against Google’s Pixel and Apple’s iPhone 11. While Mate 30 has a ton of awesome features, it comes with a major drawback. It will not have access to Google’s mobile apps and services. It also runs on an open-source version of Android. After Huawei was blacklisted by the Trump administration, Google is unable to licence its apps and services to the company. This makes the Google Play Store inaccessible to Huawei users. 

Huawei New Mate 30
Huawei New Mate 30

Trouble Between Huawei And The US 

The latest Huawei Mate 30 has a circular camera array with a narrower notch. It also comes with the option of getting the models bound in vegan leather. The smartphone is designed to run on EMUI 10, an Android 10 operating system. Interface-wise, it would look a bit different from other Huawei flagship phones, especially since you will not note any pre-loaded default Google apps. This means no Google Maps, Gmail, or even the Google Play Store. Instead, you will see Huawei Mobile Services where you can browse around the Huawei’s AppGallery app store, use their web browser, and the photo gallery. 

With the company already out of business in the US, the lack of Google Play Store and other Google services could impact their European market as well. If users are going to struggle to use Google services, they are definitely not going to choose Huawei. This is considered by many as a direct consequence of the US-Chinese trade war. 

The Harmony OS in Huawei Mate 30

Huawei is so large a brand that it has even overtaken Apple. The company took a long time to make its way into the smartphone market, but it did make it eventually. Today, it enjoys a premium market share in Europe, mainly as a competitor to Apple iPhones. The Mate 30 is released in two editions bound in vegan leather. The new Mate 30 would run on Android 10 since it is an open-source version. 

Huawei New Mate 30 Camera
Huawei New Mate 30 Camera

Huawei is also working on the Harmony OS, which they made public after the US ban. Although the company plans to work with Android as long as possible, the Harmony OS is an efficient backup. 

Huawei Mate 30 Design and Features

The phone features 256 GB of storage, 8 GB of RAM, a 4,500 mAh battery, 6.53 inches of virtually wraparound OLED screen, and Kirin 990 chip-set. The glass and metal body design make it look and feel premium. The phone is not as huge as the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, but it is still a good enough size. The edge-to-edge curved screen gives it a great visual appeal. The curved Gorilla Glass 6 both sides offer it additional protection. The phone is scratch-resistant and features IP68 water and dust resistance. The display is vibrant and is great for gaming, even the heavy-duty ones! If you can live without Google Apps, this should be a great option to consider. 

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With an experience of over 7 years in writing and translations, I combine my love of technology with writing. I love checking out new apps and smart electronics on the market, trying them out, and of course, writing about them!

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