The recently launched Huawei Mate 30 and The Mate Pro 30 have a wealth of upgraded hardware, including additional cameras and borderless screens, but they make a huge compromise Huawei has been forced to switch to Android Open Source for national security reasons and can not ship it with preinstalled Google apps and services. This means that there is no play store and shoppers need to limit themselves to the in-house alternative Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) for apps.
However, Huawei has come up with a kind of workaround: users can unlock the Mate 30 series. & # 39; Bootlocker reversing Huawei's May 2018 decision to remove this functionality for its phones. The company confirmed this change with AnandTech and Android Authority.
"We restricted [bootloader unlocking] because we wanted to ensure more consumer safety," said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, in a statement to Android Authority. "But this time, we're giving consumers more freedom to make more adjustments themselves. We plan to leave this to consumers.
While this is not an ideal situation for either Huawei or its customers, unlocking the devices makes it easy to install Google Play Services and restore features that look like a complete experience. According to the Android Authority, it is not clear how this process will proceed and how much Huawei supports the unlock:
Unfortunately, Richard did not elaborate on how this process will proceed. Will the Mate 30 Series ship with an unlocked bootloader? Do users need to figure out themselves how to unlock the bootloader and then go to the XDA developer forums to spread the word? Could Huawei publish explicit instructions online on how to unlock the Huawei Mate 30 Pro bootloader to make things easier? With all these details, the company was mother.
Android Authority found that unlocking a bootloader and loading apps from the side of the phone exceeds the technical capabilities of an average user, and it is therefore unclear whether this feature will be important to more than a handful of Huawei enthusiasts or compensation of any Impact on the sale of the Mate 30 series. According to Anandtech, Huawei may make significant investments in HMS (for example, a developer fund of $ 1 billion and a commitment to spend only half of Google's 30% cut on Google's app revenue), that Google suffers more damage in the long term than its Chinese competitors.
According to Android Authority, Huawei has set an ambitious target of 20 million Mate 30 Series mobile phones sold. The successful P30 and Mate 20 series had access to the Google ecosystem, and it's difficult to predict whether the Mate 30 series will sell without it. The Commerce Department has repeatedly extended a grace period to facilitate the transition for Huawei and US companies before the blacklist unfolds its full effect. However, it is relatively clear that the deadline will soon expire (and the delays apply only to old and not new products, including software updates). Yu told Anandtech that Huawei would "restore" access to Google services and updates immediately if sanctions were lifted against the company.
"Huawei has already developed a strong brand in Europe, and I am sure there will be a market for new products, given Huawei's good track record in terms of chic design and outstanding features, such as multiple excellent zoom cameras", said Ben Wood, chief researcher at CCS Insight, told Guardian, "The lack of Google services, however, is a major challenge for customers. There is also a risk that consumers will buy a new Huawei and then find that it does not offer everything they expected and that they decide to return. "