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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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".

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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.

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Huawei’s chief legal officer has released an extraordinary statement accusing US politicians of attempting to put his company out of business. The strongly worded rebuke argues that the attack is unconstitutional - and warns that other industries could soon end up on Trump's "Entity List".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Huawei has been hit by a ban from Google that will see it cut off from a bunch of Android apps and updates to the operating system. Huawei and its 70 affiliates were added to a trade 'black list' last week - a move that seems to have forced Google's hand.