Huawei wowed many of us last year with the mate 20 series phones.  The company is expected to unveil Huawei Mate 30 mid next month. Like last year, we are expecting Huawei to set the bar higher.  Huawei Mate 20 and its sibling’s imaging performance was quite impressive. The leading Chinese tech company will be launching the Mate 30 while it is still coming to terms with the effects of the ban imposed by the US government earlier this year.

The ban barred US companies from doing business with Huawei.  This meant that Huawei was not allowed to use technology developed by Google and other companies based in the United States.  A month later, the Trump Government issued a 90-days extension, allowing Huawei to have access to Android, Google Apps and to trade with other US companies.  However, the 90-day extension only applied to Huawei’s existing products.

The ban put Huawei in jeopardy. For the past months, the company could only launch phones that had already been certified by Google.  A few weeks ago, the US government gave another 90-day extension that runs until November. This extension is the same as the previous i.e. it applies to older devices.  This basically means that that new Huawei phones, like the Mate 30, will not have Google Play Store and access to other Google services. A Google spokesman confirmed this to Reuters in a recent interview.

As of now, more than 130 companies from the US have requested to trade with Huawei but the US government has not given any of them a license.

In the past, Huawei has been launching devices in its home country without Play Store. However, in other parts of the world, it will be very difficult for consumers to accept smartphones without the Google Play Store.  Mate 30 needs the Play Store to be accepted by consumers in Kenya.

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