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Huawei's Android ban may kick in with the launch of the Mate 30 series

The Huawei Mate 30 series might look like this. (Source: Twitter)
The Huawei Mate 30 series might look like this. (Source: Twitter)
Huawei had faced the prospect of becoming unable to use the Android ecosystem due to a dispute with the current US government. However, most of its newer devices have subsequently retained the license necessary to do so. Unfortunately, Google has told the BBC that the upcoming Mate 30 series will not be granted access to the same.

The US administration had imposed a ban on Huawei conducting business with American-based corporations. One of its various ramifications is that the OEM was projected to lose its license to use Google Play Services, a requirement for the more conventional forms of Android typically found on phones worldwide. However, most of the devices it has released this year have been apparently unaffected by this possibility - until now.

A BBC correspondent has reported that the upcoming Mate 30 series will not attain the Mountain View giant's certification to use the Play Store. This means that, while the phablets will be able to run the Android OS, it will be unable to install and run apps and services provided by Google. These include YouTube, Pay, Maps and the Play Store itself.

This implication of the new report, which is apparently informed by a statement from Google itself, could be avoided should the government finally approve the trade licenses with which US companies can resume trade with Huawei. However, despite the fact that the number of applications for these approvals have increased from approximately 50 at last count to approximately 130 this week, this has yet to transpire.

This situation has also led to speculation that Huawei will resort to using its new in-house software, Harmony OS, on the Mates 30 instead of Android. This system has been slated as intended for devices such as TVs rather than phones; however, the OEM may now have no choice but to employ this strategy in order to launch its latest flagships sooner rather than later.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-08-30 (Update: 2019-09- 1)