Technology Huawei Mate 30 Pro finally arrives in Europe with a big asterisk – no Google services
In 10 minutes, your Huawei Mate 30 Pro could be running Google apps
The Mate 30 Pro is one of the best Android phones of the year at least on paper. The problem is that Huawei's phone can’t run any of the Google apps you expect to find on Android devices: Google Play, Gmail, Search, Maps, and YouTube. The US ban forced Huawei to think outside the box and install a different version of Android that runs the company's own apps, which is a nightmare for anyone using Android phones in Western markets. From theFrom the moment Huawei unveiled the phone last week, hardcore Android users may have assumed it would be easy to port all of Google’s apps over and turn the Mate 30 Pro into a standard Android phone.
Six months after the US banned companies here (like Google) from doing business with China-based telecommunications giant Huawei, the two countries are still no closer to burying the hatchet and remain stuck at an impasse. Not only that, but Huawei deputy chairman Ken Hu said during thein Paris this week that he thinks the conflict is going to outlast President Trump’s time in office. “It won’t finish with this administration,” is how he put it.
In response, Huawei has been sourcing more of its own components in-house and ramping up its business with European suppliers, to compensate for the ban closing off access to other sources. Speaking of Europe, Huawei’s new Mate 30 flagship is also finally headed to Europe next month — though the availability there comes with a couple of major asterisks.
Huawei just revealed a new smartphone, and this one doesn't have Google apps either
Huawei has just announced the Nova 5T, its latest mid-range smartphone, although the lack of Google apps may ruin its chances of success.Huawei launched the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro last month, which didn't have access to Google Play services, and it has now unveiled the Nova 5T, its latest mid-range device.
For starters, the Mate 30 Pro will only be on sale at this point in Madrid (for $1,099 euros, though buyers will also get a coupon worth $299 euros). Huawei is touting the availability now on thewebsite, with that $299 euro offer mentioned as running through December 9. The much bigger caveat, though, is a key feature the phone unfortunately lacks as a result of the lingering US ban — access to Google services.
That means no access to Google apps like YouTube, Gmail, and Google Maps and no official way to install them on the device, which means this phone is almost guaranteed to be largely ignored outside of China.
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Cards on the table
As noted by, buyers in Spain will also only have access to a specific Mate 30 Pro model at the outset. It’s the standard model with 8GB of memory and 256GB of integrated flash memory. The Mate 30 Pro also packs four cameras with two 40MP sensors, as well as an OLED display and a 4400 mAh battery — which is to say, a lot of solid tech and features in the device. It’s just not clear that there’s enough here yet to convince Android buyers to switch to a handset like this that still runs Android, albeit without access to crucial Google services.
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A leading global authority on optical measurement, DxOMark Image Labs has unveiled its ranking of the best smartphone cameras in 2019. For selfies, that is to say for front cameras, models by Samsung lead the field. Finally, when it comes to video recording, the iPhone 11 Pro Max stands out, especially for its capacity to record HDR sequences, which allow for a wider dynamic color range as well as better highlight and shadow details.The top 5 smartphone cameras (score)1. Huawei Mate 30 Pro, 121Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition, 1213. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, 117Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, 1175.