Huawei is set to launch its next smartphone – Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. This would be the company’s first major flagship smartphone launch since it has been placed on the United States government’s Entity List.
However, according to a report, these devices can’t be launched with the licensed version of Android as well as its Google-branded apps. The Chinese tech company is in a very tricky position right now.
Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro can’t be sold with the licensed Android
The world’s second-largest smartphone maker is rumored to launch the Mate 30 series on September 18th in Munich. But according to a source, it is not clear when the smartphones will go on sale.
According to a Google spokesperson speaking to Reuters, launching the device with a fully licensed Android will violate the ban by the US government. Google has confirmed that these devices can’t be sold with the licensed Android along with its Google-branded apps and services.
And for Huawei to launch the Mate 30 series with the fully licensed Android, Google would need to apply for a new license from the US government. The Mate 30 Pro series would be classified as a new device and not one that existed when the ban already took effect.
The Google spokesperson has declined to comment on whether or not the tech company has applied for a license. However, Google has always expressed that it wants to continue to work with Huawei.
Reuters reported that the US Commerce Department has received over a hundred applications from companies for licenses to sell US products to Huawei. Unfortunately, none were approved.
Last week, the government issued a temporary reprieve, however, it does not apply to new devices such as the Mate 30 series.
Will the Mate 30 series sport the HarmonyOS?
Even before Huawei has been placed in the Entity List, the company has a “Plan B” and developed its own operating system called HarmonyOS. Could this mean that Huawei is ready to replace Android with its own?
That could easily be pointed out as a solution to this crisis. “Huawei will continue to use the Android OS and ecosystem if the U.S. government allows us to do so,” Huawei spokesman Joe Kelly told Reuters. “Otherwise, we will continue to develop our own operating system and ecosystem.”
Huawei has always expressed its desire to continue using Android as its operating system on its devices. Saying that Huawei is in a tough spot would be an understatement. It’s also very unlikely now that the company will launch the Mate 30 series with a fully licensed Android if that violates the ban.