THE Huaweiremains on the US blacklist: since May, it has not been able to license services from the Google for new phones due to trade sanctions. This should impact the Kill 30, which will be announced in September: it cannot be sold with Google apps and services, including Play Store, Gmail, Maps, YouTube, among others.
Google tells Reuters that due to U.S. sanctions, Huawei Mate 30 will not be able to launch with its official Android apps and services. The American government granted a temporary 90-day license to the manufacturer, but it only applies to very specific situations and does not apply in this case.
“Huawei will continue to use the Android operating system and its ecosystem if the U.S. government allows us to do so,” the company explained to Reuters. “Otherwise, we will continue to develop our own operating system and ecosystem.”
There is already an application store managed by Huawei: this is the AppGallery, included in some smartphones like the P30 Pro. It offers apps from Google and Facebook, in addition to WhatsApp, Deezer, Opera and Flipboard. However, Netflix, Spotify and Telegram are left out.
And this month, Huawei announced HarmonyOS: it is designed for multiple devices such as cell phones, smartwatches, PCs and televisions. The manufacturer has already revealed the Honor Vision TV with this operating system, but rumors say it won’t be used on a smartphone anytime soon.
It is worth noting that Huawei can still use Android because it is an open source project. However, AOSP does not include Google services: they need to be licensed, and the manufacturer is prevented from doing so for now.
Huawei cannot close new contracts with ARM
President Donald Trump indicated in late June that he would release U.S. companies to do business with Huawei. However, it continued to be treated as a blacklisted entity.
US companies wishing to do business with Huawei need to place an order with the Department of Commerce, but the analysis is made with a “presumption of denial”; this means that the chance of getting a “no” is very high. According to Reuters, more than 130 American companies made this request, and none have been approved to date.
The Huawei Mate 30 is expected to launch on September 18 with 5G support. Before that, during the IFA fair, the manufacturer will present the Kirin 990 processor: it was developed by the subsidiary HiSilicon and is based on the design of the British ARM.
As we explained here, ARM had to interrupt business with Huawei even though it is outside the USA, as its technology is partially developed in American territory. The Kirin 990 is not affected by this measure, because it involves a contract signed before the sanctions.
With information: Reuters.