Chinese tech giant Huawei doesn’t seem to be backing down from a fight any time soon, but its chances of winning are looking grim.
The China tech giant is expected to announce its upcoming Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro smartphones in Munich, Germany on Sept 18, but reports are indicating that it will not receive official support from Google.
While some will be excited to see what nifty new improvements the new high-end devices have over their Mate 20 predecessors, lets not forget that this will be the first batch of phones that will be launched after the infamous US ban the tech firm suffered not too long ago due to copyright infringements, and amid the ongoing US-China trade war.
A representative from Google , who licenses the popular Android smartphone operating system, told Reuters that the new Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro smartphones “cannot be sold with licensed Google apps and services due to the US ban on sales to Huawei”.
While there has been a temporary reprieve announced by the U.S. government, it does not apply to new products such as the Mate 30.
While Huawei can likely use an open-source version of Android, a lack of security and software updates from Google will affect the phone’s performance and reputation, especially against Samsung and Apple.
Huawei can also opt to use its very own HarmonyOS (which they have admitted to being very reluctant to do so), which lacks app support from major US companies such as Facebook, or look elsewhere to support the new devices.
Or it could even scrap the Mate 30 series altogether.
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