Google-free Huawei phone appears in first European countries

The new Huawei Mate 30 Pro smartphone will be released in Spain and Switzerland. The phone does not have the Google services and apps.


After presenting the Mate 30 Pro in September, in which Huawei gave no clarity on the future in Europe now that US sanctions prevent it from offering a full-fledged Android version, the Chinese company seems to be dealing with the Google-free Future.
Huawei will launch the Mate 30 Pro next week in Spain and Switzerland, for about a thousand euros. The phone has the open source version of Android, without all Google apps like Maps, Drive, Chrome and YouTube, and without the Google Play Store. Instead, Huawei offers an alternative app store: the Huawei AppGallery.

Examples have appeared on YouTube showing how the Google services can be put on the Mate 30 via a detour. The services are still accessible via the browser. Facebook apps such as Instagram, WhatsApp and of course Facebook were not available in the app at the time of the presentation, but would be in the making, according to a Huawei employee.
For the time being, it is not known whether and when the Huawei Mate 30 will enter the market in the Netherlands. It is also not known whether Huawei wants to market the ‘normal’ Mate 30 and mate 30 Lite in addition to the Mate 30 Pro. In September, a spokesman for Huawei Netherlands said that the phone would be available in the Netherlands ‘later this year’. The company couldn’t say yet if this is going to happen


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