Google claims that Huawei Mate 30 and 30 Pro cannot be sold with Google Play apps and services. This is the result of sanctions imposed by the U.S. government on the Chinese manufacturer.
The official presentation of the new Mate 30 series smartphones will take place in Munich on September 18th. The date of their market debut is not yet known, but there might be some surprises. All because of the American sanctions and the ban on doing business with Huawei, which is still in force (although postponed until November).
According to Reuters, Google’s spokesperson said that the Mate 30 could not be sold with licensed Google applications and services because of the U.S. sales ban on Huawei. According to the spokesperson, the postponement that the U.S. government announced last week does not apply to new products (such as Mate 30 series).
Analysts do not believe the Mate 30 phones can be successful without native Google apps (Play Store, Google Maps, YouTube and others). What’s more, many non-Google apps depend on functionality provided by Google’s Play Services. Huawei is already losing market share in Europe, dropping from 24.9% to 19.3% in Q2 this year (based on data provided by Counterpoint Research).
There is a lot of confusion and uncertainty at Huawei these days. The loss of popular Google applications can be a significant blow to the manufacturer. Good hardware is important for users, but the availability of popular apps is more crucial. Losing key services such as Google Maps or YouTube could be a huge deal-breaker for many Huawei fans and potential buyers of Huawei’s new products.