US-China trade war is basically the only hindrance Huawei Mate 30 has t unleash it’s full potential. And according to the company’s CEO, Richard Yu, who made the claim during a briefing after the launch of the device made it known that Google Play Store can be rolled overnight if the ban on the company is lifted.
As for the market where the Mate 30 Series would be sold, Europe is a certainty even though we do not know exactly where but it’s possible it’s in countries where the Play Store isn’t really a necessity.
When Yu was asked how long it could take assuming the ban was lifted right now, Yu smiled and replied “Over one night. We can do that immediately.” Presumably, the company would have to roll out an EMUI 10 update in order to do this.
Yu continued: “We are planning [sales in] European countries even without GMS Core [Google Mobile Services] we will still want to allow the consumer to do that themselves.
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“For sure we are planning to bring our phones without GMS to [European] countries, the Middle East and elsewhere because consumers like our products and we need to continue our business.”
Yu was also clear that Huawei has been a big partner to Google, to demonstrate the folly of the ban. “In past years, we have [made] a big contribution to the Android ecosystem, leading innovation. We were first to bring gesture operation to Android. To be honest it’s not reasonable [for there to be a ban].”
If you consider the kind of relationship between Google and Huawei, you might think it’s deeper than we might know. An example of that is the case of the Nexus 6P in 2015 which Huawei made in collaboration with Google and it was reported that Huawei would have made Pixel phones if not for Google wanting to singularly have the devices branded.
As we previously reported, Huawei is also planning on opening up the bootloader on Mate 30 devices to enable users to install another Android build if they want. Huawei’s bootloader has been locked down for a while now.
“We limited that because we wanted to guarantee more security,” said Yu. “We are planning that consumers can do some customisation by themselves and download some apps that they need, especially US companies apps.”
Presumably, if the release dates outside of China are a little way away, the bootloader could end up being unlocked on all non-Chinese handsets. As for the Huawei Mate 30 Series, it’s a monster device with loads of features and beautiful design making it outstanding. As for pricing, it starts as high as $799 to about $2500 on the highest range.