Huawei may face a huge roadblock for its next flagship smartphone, the Mate 30 since it wouldn’t be able to launch with Google apps and services due to the White House banning US corporates from doing any kind of business with the Chinese telecommunications firm, according to a report from Reuters.
Last month, President Donald Trump said that some exemptions would be given. But US officials have not granted any licenses to trade with Huawei, despite receiving more than 130 requests.
The Android OS is open-source software, so any manufacturer can offer it on their smartphone or tablet. But companies require an agreement with Google to include its famous apps such as Maps, Pay, Search, Photos, Play Store and YouTube. Google has not said whether it has applied for permission to offer its applications to smartphone manufacturers.
Huawei additionally said in a statement: “Huawei will continue to use the Android OS and ecosystem if the US government allows us to do so.
Otherwise, we will continue to develop our operating system and ecosystem.” It has set up a website named Huawei Answers to address customer concerns about the corporate’s relationship with Android. “Anyone who has already bought, or is about to buy a Huawei smartphone, can continue to access the world of apps as they have always done.
All devices continue to be coated by our manufacturer’s warranty and can receive full-service support consequently,” said the company. Huawei was assigned a three-month extension from the United States Commerce Department back in May to let it take necessary action to “offer service and support, including software updates or patches, to existing Huawei handsets that were accessible to the general public on or before May 16, 2019.” Another 90-day extension was just granted to the corporate last week and is set to end on November 19th, but that only applies to previously launched phones.
The Mate 30 (and any other variants of it that Huawei plans to release) doesn’t match that bill and thus won’t be enclosed under that exemption.