Huawei will ship Mate 30 Pro phone with its own apps following Google ban

Anne Freier

In App Business. October 2, 2019

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro will not be shipping with Google Play Services following a ban on American companies selling products to Huawei earlier this year.

Stipulated by the US Commerce Department, Google is not allowed to grant access to its Android services including Play Services which includes apps such as Gmail Maps, YouTube, and the PlayStore.

But it’s not simply a matter of replacing lost apps for others. Android integrates features such as notifications from social media apps, map services and location data integrations. All of these are being lost due to the ban.

Huawei plans to make up for the losses with its own App Gallery that offers thousands of apps for download. It wants to drive notifications and cloud management using Huawei Mobile Services.

At the same time, the company is looking to engage US-based developers to build apps for its platform. The company is investing $1 billion to bolster its app expansion plans. To make things more enticing for app developers, Huawei will offer a greater revenue share of 85% to developers (Google and Apple provide 70%).

Users can still access Google apps via the Mate 30; they just won’t be as integrated as they were before.

There’s some speculation that Huawei won’t be able to replace the Android user experience and whilst that may be true, the company is putting considerable effort in emulating it.

The Mate 30 is expected to launch in October across Europe, but Huawei doesn’t expect huge sales outside of China following the ban in May.