Which operating system will Huawei use for the Mate 30 series? After all, at the end of last month, Google stated that it will not grant the Chinese manufacturer the license for the version of Google Play Services for Android for its upcoming flagship stores. This also means that major Google apps such as Play Store, Google Maps, Google Calendar, and Google Search will not be available for the Mate 30 line. This is because Huawei has been included in the US Department of Commerce’s list of entities. In May, this prevented the company from accessing its US supply chain. Huawei had licenses for some of its recent models that had been granted before May 16, when the ban was announced.
Initially it was thought that Huawei would replace the Android version of Google Play services with its own creation; After all, a few years ago there were rumors that Huawei was developing its operating system as a possible Android replacement. Last month, Huawei introduced HarmonyOS, but this will not be used in the Mate 30 series. It is reported that Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei has admitted that the company has not yet considered how to operate HarmonyOS on a mobile phone. Ren points out that taking a phone-based ecosystem for HarmonyOS will take time. He noted that the software is now ready for the smartwatch and smart TV.
Huawei is working to run Google’s Android apps in the open-source version of Android
Last week, at the IFA in Berlin, head of Huawei’s consumer group, Richard Yu, said that while HarmonyOS could be used on a phone, it’s not a priority for the company. But Huawei will have to find a substitute for the Google Play version of Android and the main Google Android apps. Last week, it was reported that ProtonMail could include its encrypted email app in Huawei’s AppGallery. As for the replacement of Android, well, there is always an open-source version of the operating system similar to the one that Amazon uses for its Fire tablets. And Yu said that Huawei is working on an alternative solution that will allow the installation of Google Apps in the open-source version of Android.
The latest reports also indicate that the Huawei Mate X folding will also be in the same situation as the Mate 30 line. With two of its main versions for the second half of this year, it will not be possible to use the licensed version of Android from Google and its main Android apps, sales outside of China will surely be affected. Last year, Huawei sent 206 million phones with a division of around 50-50 between domestic and foreign deliveries. Research firm IHS Markit believes the company will ship 88 million phones outside China this year, down 13-15 million from the previous year. Yu of Huawei said that before the US ban. Huawei plans to send 300 million phones in 2019.
However, Huawei has remained afloat thanks to strong domestic sales. During the second quarter of 2019, the manufacturer sent 37.3 million units to China, 31% more than the same quarter last year. This gave the company a 38.2% stake in the domestic market, more than double the 18.3% stake obtained by Oppo. Part of the reason for this is the increase in patriotism that many Chinese consumers feel in reaction to what they perceive as intimidation by the Trump administration. Of course, the phones themselves are the most important reason for Huawei’s domination in China. Huawei has been on a large scale since the launch of Mate 10 Pro in 2017.
And this brings us back to Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. Both phones will be released on September 19 and Huawei will certainly have to reveal which operating system will be running the phones at that time. We would bet on the open-source version of Android. As for next year, Richard Yu says that if Huawei were still banned from using the Android version of Google, it could consider installing HarmonyOS in the Mate 40 series.
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