Huawei Mate 30 set for September release but no word on Google apps

Last year’s Mate 20 Pro was a brilliant gadget – can the Chinese company deliver for the sequel? (Shutterstock)

Huawei is set to unveil its next flagship smartphone at the end of this month, but questions still remain over software.

The Chinese giant has announced the Mate 30 Pro will be revealed on September 19th at a special event in Munich.

Like last year’s Mate 20 Pro, this new phone will undoubtedly be a powerhouse gadget brimming with impressive technology and plenty of features.

But there’s also a strong chance it won’t have any Google apps on it. No Gmail, no YouTube, no Chrome and no Google Maps.

Owing to the current trade tensions between the US and China, Google is still banned from doing business with Huawei. While older devices are still supported, any new products aren’t eligible to work with the American software. The division meant that Huawei had to come up with its own operating system in case it’s not able to effectively use Google-developed Android in future.



As well as developing a new OS, Huawei is also building out its own app store as, without Google’s blessing, it won’t have access to the Play Store.

Rob Baillie, mobile comms expert at Comparemymobile said: ‘This will also make marketing the new phone to consumers significantly more difficult. And expecting users to shell out for a premium handset without some of their favourite apps will be a daunting feat.’

Software aside, the Mate 30 Pro will undoubtedly have some excellent hardware. Rumours suggest it will have a three-lens rear-facing camera that will give it some impressive zoom ability.

The tech press is suggesting the Mate 30 Pro will boast 5x lossless optical zoom, 10x AI-enhanced lossless hybrid zoom, and up to 50x digital zoom similar to Huawei’s P30 Pro which was launched earlier this year.

All the other party tricks, like wireless charging and a fingerprint scanner underneath the screen will also all be included.

But it remains to be seen how many people will be willing to buy an Android phone without the assurances of Google’s suite of software.

Huawei is certainly going to have to rethink possibilities on September 19.


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