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September 19: Huawei Introduces Smartphone Without Google Apps

2019-09-02T13:41:12.088Z

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Berlin (dpa) - Huawei will introduce its new top smartphone without preinstalled Google apps on 19 September in Munich. Google confirmed that the Internet Group will not provide the new device called Mate 30 in the face of US sanctions against Huawei with apps and services.

In Europe, the lack of Google offerings such as maps, Youtube or the app platform Play Store would be a competitive disadvantage for Huawei. Home in China, all smartphone vendors sell their devices without unauthorized Google Apps.

Huawei confirmed the already rumored date for the presentation of the Mate 30 with a few seconds long video on Twitter without further details. The motto of the event is "Rethink Possibilities" - for example: "Think about the possibilities".

The US government had blacklisted Huawei in mid-May, citing security concerns. Thus, American companies - including Google and chip suppliers - may do business with Huawei only with special permission. The blockade was indeed suspended - currently until mid-November. However, Google may only continue to provide updates to models already introduced in the market - the Mate 30, on the other hand, is a new device for which the postponement of the blockade does not apply.

Huawei has been building a parallel infrastructure for some time, which can replace Google's services. Among other things, the Chinese group already has its own app distribution platform, but in Europe, most users still rely on Google services. According to media reports, the operating system should be the free version of the Android software developed by Google. The open source Android is accessible to all manufacturers - Huawei does not have access to Google licensed Android versions. The Chinese company recently introduced as an alternative the proprietary operating system Harmony OS. But it would be a big challenge to win over the many app developers.

So far, Huawei has been promising its customers that "smartphones and tablets that have been sold, are currently being sold or are in storage" will continue to receive security and software updates. And anyone who wants to buy a device "can continue to access the world of apps in the future".

The US sanctions should bring Huawei also over time problems with the hardware. Although the group has its own main processors with its "Kirin" series. But some of the chips come from US companies or companies that are also subject to restrictions due to business in the US. It has already become apparent that Huawei may lose access to future developments by British chip designer ARM, whose architecture is used in virtually all smartphones.

Source: zeit

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