Huawei Launches 5G Phone Sans Licensed Google Apps

On Thursday, a brand new flagship lineup of 5G smartphone was launched by Huawei. The renowned tech company had been caught in the fallout arising out of a blacklist from the U.S. in the earlier part of this year. As a result, these new phones from Huawei will not feature any of the pre-installed apps licensed by Google.

The launch event at Munich saw the unveiling of the Mate 30 series. These smartphones will be operating on the open-source form of the Android operating system from Google. Huawei has not been able to license any latest versions of Android owing to restrictions that have been imposed by United States on the China-based tech giant.

This implies that these new phones will not have key apps from Google apps such as YouTube, Gmail, the Play Store or Maps installed on them. Instead, Huawei plans to offer its personal interface known as EMUI10 based on the Android operating system as well as its very own store of apps. The company has confirmed that the latter will allow downloading of apps such as Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook.

A number of analysts have issues a warning that the absence of Google software can potentially cause a huge setback to Huawei in comparison to its rivals like Apple and Samsung. According to the Vice President of Gartner Research, Annette Zimmermann, it is a situation full of uncertainty and very few customers are likely to make such a large number of compromises for such a smartphone.

Officials of the U.S. put Huawei on the so-called list of entity in May which required companies of America to obtain special licenses for selling their technology when it came to this particular Chinese firm. Temporary reprieve was given to Huawei by the U.S. in August, which extended its ability of buying from American-based firms till mid-November. However, a spokesperson on behalf of Google told Reuters in August that the reprieve is not applicable on new products such as the Mate 30.

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