Huawei has launched a new 5G flagship smartphone (Huawei Mate 30), without pre-installed Google-licensed apps which will operate on an open-source version of Google’s Android operating system.
Since Huawei has been unable to license the latest version of Android due to restrictions imposed by the U.S. government, it’s new phones won’t come installed with key Google apps, like Gmail, YouTube, Maps or the Play Store.
It will offer its own Android-based interface called EMUI10 and its own app store, which will allow downloads of apps like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
The Mate 30 series which includes Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro models are Huawei’s first new phone series launched since the U.S. ban was announced.
According to Mr. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, the new phones will be available in Europe as early as November, 2019.
The Mate 30 series comes with a quadcamera system, dark mode and a reverse wireless charging system. It will be powered by Huawei’s new Kirin 990 processor, an all-in-one artificial and 5G chipset.