As we all know, the current relationship between the US and Huawei is shaky at best. Because of this, the latter’s access to Google’s Mobile Services (GMS) has also been uncertain for the longest time.
Last week, Huawei CEO Richard Yu ended his two-hour presentation and the launch of the Mate 30 series talking about Huawei Mobile Services (HMS). In the one minute he spoke on the issue, Yu confirmed that the Mate 30 series cannot ship out with the Google Mobile Services (GMS) core installed on the phone.
That means Google-centric apps such as the all-important Play store, Gmail, or Google Maps won’t be present on the devices when they officially ship out to stores later next month. In the absence of GMS, both the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will ship out with HMS at the core of the phone’s Android OS.
On a somewhat more positive note, Yu claims that there are over 45000 apps integrated with the HMS core. The company plans to incentivise growth of its HMS ecosystem with US$1 billion (~RM4.18 billion), which will be split into development, user growth and marketing funds.
As to when the Mate 30 series phones and all future Huawei devices will be able to officially bring back GMS, Huawei simply said that that future is still uncertain, so long as the current political climate between the US and China holds up.
Obviously, there are workarounds to the Huawei should be able to load Google apps directly into the Mate 30 Pro, and according to sources privy to the matter, Huawei is able to sideload Google apps into the phone. Apparently, Huawei would be able to perform the deed in just a few minutes, but it is yet unclear if doing so could have adverse effects on the device.
That, and bring down the wrath of either the US or Google.
Originally article written by Ian Chee.
(Source: Huawei / YouTube)