Launch of Huawei’s 5G compatible flagship Mate 30 smartphone clouded by lack of Android as its OS

In recent years, Huawei has shot up surprising fast into the global smartphone business. A U.S. ban citing theft of intellectual property and being a threat to U.S. national security has however crippled its sales outside China.

On September 18 Huawei Technologies plans to launch its new Mate 30 line of smartphones in Munich, said sources familiar with the matter at hand. However, it is not clear when these phones will be available for consumers.

Huawei plans to go ahead with the launch despite the fact these phones will not feature Google’s Android operating system which naturally means consumers who opt for these devices will not be able to access apps on Google’s marketplace.

The Mate 30 has been made to be compatible with its new 5G mobile networks.

According to Google’s spokesperson, the Mate 30 cannot be sold with licensed Google apps and services in the U.S. since Huawei’s products are banned in the United States. The temporary reprieve announced by the U.S. government last week does not apply to Huawei’s new products such as the Mate 30.

However, U.S. companies have the option to seek a license for specific products to be exempted from the ban. More than 130 U.S. companies have applied for such licenses, although none have been granted one, so far.

There is currently a lot of confusion surrounding Huawei’s Mate 30 and its business partners as a result of the escalating U.S.-China trade war.

“Huawei will continue to use the Android OS and ecosystem if the U.S. government allows us to do so,” said Joe Kelly, Huawei’s spokesman, while adding, “Otherwise, we will continue to develop our own operating system and ecosystem.”

The U.S. Commerce Department declined to comment.

According to Richard Windsor, an independent analyst, “Without Google Services, no one will buy the device”. Android typically comes bundled-in on most Android devices.

Although Huawei hgas developed its own mobile operating system, called Hongmeng, analysts are of the opinion that it is not a viable alternative to Android.

According to figures from Counterpoint Research, the U.S. ban has dealt a body blow to Huawei’s sales outside of China, with its marketshare in Europe falling to 19.3%, down from 24.9, in the second quarter of 2019.

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