US trade ban means Mate 30 will be launched without Google Maps or Gmail
Huawei’s next flagship smartphone will not be able to use Google apps and services under the US trade ban, Google has said.
The Chinese telecoms firm is expected to launch its Mate 30 line of smartphones in the autumn.
Google has said that, under the US restrictions on trade with Huawei, the phones cannot be sold with licensed apps such as Google Maps or Gmail, which form part of Google’s Android operating system.
Huawei uses Android to power its lineup of smartphones.
The Chinese firm was blacklisted by the US government in May, amid allegations that the company was a threat to US national security over its alleged ties to the Chinese government – something Huawei has denied.
A temporary licence was issued by the US earlier in the summer and renewed again last week, which allowed Huawei to maintain existing devices, but does not apply to new products such as the Mate 30, Google said.
US companies are able to apply for specific products to be exempted from the ban, but Google has not said whether it had applied for any such licences.
“Huawei will continue to use the Android OS and ecosystem if the US government allows us to do so,” a Huawei spokesman said.
“Otherwise, we will continue to develop our own operating system and ecosystem.”
The Mate 30 will be the first major phone released by the company since the restrictions were introduced.
In June, Huawei’s UK managing director, Anson Zhang, said “nothing has changed” for the company despite the ban, and it would continue to provide software and security updates for Android in the short and long term.
Earlier this month, the company unveiled its own operating system, HarmonyOS, which it said it could use if it was no longer able to access Android but it said its first choice was to continue using Android.
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