Huawei launches first smartphone without Google apps

It is expected that the new smartphones from the Chinese giant Huawei Technologies, which are scheduled to be released this month, will ship without any Google applications – smartphones will not have the usual Google Play Store, Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, etc. this is because the US government placed Huawei on the so-called “list of organizations” with which it is forbidden to conduct any business. This ban applies to all US companies, including Google.

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So, it is already absolutely certain that Huawei will not be able to supply the new Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro (the flagship smartphone that will be presented in Munich in mid-September) and Mate X (due to go on sale by the end of September) with any applications and Google services. The news that Google is refusing preinstalled applications for future Huawei devices was a shock to the company at the end of August.

Huawei suffers huge losses

The loss of the application store is, of course, the biggest blow, because the correct functioning of many third-party applications depends on its availability (along with a set of Google Play services). Some tech-savvy buyers will be able to solve this problem on their own, but such people are too few for Huawei to count on sales success. Tentatively, this loss will lead to a drop in sales of Huawei smartphones by more than 10 million units this year (according to leading analysts). British research company IHS Markit predicts that Huawei's overseas sales will fall by 13 million units. “It will be more difficult for a company to increase sales of budget models that it planned to increase in Europe,” another analyst said.

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Huawei is looking for solutions

The Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro, and Mate X will still be running Android, but it will be an open source version of AOSP, not the one that has received the blessing of Google and which we are all used to over the past few years. It's no secret that Huawei is preparing its own alternative OS – Harmony or Hongmeng in Chinese – in case the company cannot use Android due to loss of access to licensed Google products and services.

However, it will take two to three years to develop Huawei’s own software. “We will work on our own software,” said a spokesman for Huawei. “But we would prefer to continue using Google software if we can.”

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It seems that Huawei's dreams in the near future are not destined to come true. The US presidential administration took a tough stance against Huawei, the company's crisis seems to be far from over. Donald Trump last Wednesday confirmed that Huawei poses a threat to US national security: “We are not doing business with Huawei. Everything will stop in the very near future, ”he said. Trump has no plans to discuss sanctions on the company in trade negotiations with China, which are expected to resume in October.

“Huawei is on the verge of life and death,” said Ren Zhengfei, the company's founder and CEO, on August 20.


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