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Simon

The new flagship phone from Huawei might launch without Google services and apps

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Huawei will launch their new flagship phone, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, later this month at an event in Munich, Germany. But it seems that the new Mate 30 and future Huawei phones will not have access to Google services and apps.

Huawei has already confirmed that their new device will launch running Android – despite the uncertainty following US President Trump’s ban on the Chinese tech giant. While it is possible to run Android without Google, it is hard to imagine that consumers in the West and outside mainland China will be willing to purchase the new flagship phone from Huawei – no matter how great its design and features are – if it won’t be sold and bundled with Google apps and services like Maps, Gmail and the Google Play store.

Personally, I think it would be refreshing to be able to use an Android phone without any Google/NSA spyware embedded within the device. But I’m not sure the experience would be that great. After all, apps are crucial, and the lack of any major first-party apps was a big reason for the failure of Microsoft’s Windows Phone. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see how Huawei will work around this Google ban with their new Mate 30 flagship device – as well as future phones.

What do you think? Would you be willing – and able – to use an Android phone without access to Google apps and services?

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