The Mate 30 Pro will be landing in Australia later this year. Sadly, what should have been one of the most exciting phones of 2019 looks set to be the first real casualty of the ongoing US-China trade war. It could end up being the world's greatest phone that hardly anyone outside of China will buy.
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Huawei finally announced the Mate30 series last week and Australians are confirmed to be getting the Mate30 Pro model some time this year. (Sadly, not the Mate30 though). One thing that still isn't confirmed is whether it's possible to unofficially load Google's apps and services onto the devices and reports from Huawei are only making it more confusing.
Against the odds, Huawei unveiled its Mate30 Pro smartphone in Australia today. The long-awaited successor to the Mate20 packs in a bevy of new hardware features, including what looks to be the world's best phone camera, ever.
What it doesn't have is access to the Google Play Store or any Google apps (at least, not officially.) Here's everything Aussies need to know.
Huawei's Mate 30 is set to be announced this week, despite a series of setbacks caused by the US and China trade wars and bans relating to security concerns. It's expected the models will be released in Australia without access to Google apps - but Huawei might have a workaround for users still needing them.
One of the most promising Android phones of 2019 has been dealt a serious blow, with Huawei confirming the Mate 30 will launch without any Google apps. (This includes Google Maps, Calendar, Google Drive, Google Assistant and Gmail.) Instead, it will reportedly come with third-party alternatives running on a bespoke version of Android 10. Here are the details.
Google announced in August the Android OS would not be available on Huawei's upcoming Mate 30 series. Previous reports already confirmed Google was phasing out Android and hardware support for Huawei devices in response to President Trump's trade bans but this marked the first major phone release to fall under the ban hammer.
With the Mate 30 series set to launch in late September, let's take a look at how we got here and what the final release might look like.
If you've been eyeing the Huawei Mate 30 Pro as a potential phone replacement, you might want to reconsider. Google has confirmed that the model will be banned from using Google-licensed apps and services. At the very least, this means no Play Store access, no Google applications and no Android 10.
In other words, when it comes to non-Chinese markets like Australia, the Huawei Mate 30 will almost certainly be dead on arrival. (And it had such a pretty camera too. Sigh.)
Huawei’s meteoric rise in the telecoms business was brought to a dramatic halt in April when the US government put a ban on US companies doing business with the Chinese firm. This includes Google and, crucially for Huawei’s smartphone users, access to the Android operating system updates.
President Trump has updated his relationship status with Huawei from “Apart” to “It’s complicated” over the weekend at the G20 Summit being held in Osaka, Japan. American companies will, once again be allowed to do business with Huawei, without requiring special permission, although this only seems to apply to the Chinese giant’s consumer electronics and not commercial comms gear.
During the opening keynote at CES Asia, held in Shanghai this week, the world was watching as Huawei had the stage with an opportunity to state its case in the escalating trade war between the USA and China. Huawei's Chief Strategy Office, Shao Yang, kicked things off with a personal story before outlining the company's plan to see what many think is a dangerous time for the Chinese tech giant, saying it is "a most exciting time for Huawei".
Huawei isn't rolling over and just accepting the USA's ban on it's ability to sell goods to the government. The company has filed a motion in Texas asking for a judge to rule that the ban is unconstitutional as it explicitly names Huawei and there is no evidence that the Chinese telecommunications giant is involved in spying.
The United States and Australia are deliberately restricting the place of Chinese telco Huawei in their telecommunications landscapes. We’re told these changes will be worth it from a security point of view.
But Huawei infrastructure is already ubiquitous in telecommunications networks, and we have other avenues available to us if we’re concerned about cybersecurity.
Last week, things started turning south for Huawei when Google announced that access to Android and the Play Store would be curtailed as a result of a trade ban imposed as part of a trade war between the United States of America and China. Google has been joined by a number of other tech companies. But while Google was a high profile loss, others are likely to be of far greater significance.
It's fair to say Huawei's future in the consumer electronics market is under some threat. In addition to the news that Google has stopped working with Huawei, a number of other companies including Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx and Broadcom have also ceased supplying Huawei with components as part of the US trade war with China.
Huawei has now responded.
Huawei is the second-largest smartphone maker in the world. But the company's future in the smartphone space remains unclear as Google has said it will no longer work with Huawei on future smartphones.
These are the markets where customers will feel any changes imposed on Huawei the most.
If you have a Huawei smartphone, today's news that Google has cut the Chinese tech giant off from support for the Android OS will come as something of a shock. It's possible your shiny new smartphone could become a piece of abandonware. As a consumer, where does that leave you? We went to the ACCC, the nations agency for dealing with consumer law, and asked them where things stand.