Everyone is already bald to know that the Huawei Mate 30 smartphone will be without Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and other popular apps when it launches later this week. This is nothing new to anyone.
But the CEO of the Chinese company says there will still be a way to get them. And that is interesting news. Google confirmed last month that the world's second largest maker of smartphones will launch its next flagship phone without its suite of applications, as a result of a US trade ban that prevents US companies from doing business with Huawei.
Google's lack of apps also means that Mate 30 will ship without the Google Play app store. This is where Android users usually download popular third-party apps like Spotify, Uber and WhatsApp.
Huawei executive Richard Yu said there would be a workaround that would make it “easy enough” for phone owners to access all apps accessible on Android devices.
Speaking to reporters in Berlin, Yu added that there would be “many possibilities” due to the open source nature of the Android mobile operating system.
Most Google services are already blocked in China due to strict Internet censorship, which means that Huawei could use an English version of a rival app store developed in Huawei's home country.
An example is Chinese software developer Meizu, whose app store gives users the ability to download apps and services from Google.
Whatever option you choose for an embedded app store, it's almost certainly not from an American company. More than 130 requests have been made to the US Department of Commerce by companies hoping to sell goods and services to Huawei, but none have yet been granted.
The ban on dealing with the Chinese company comes after US government agencies raised concerns that their devices could be used as spying tools by the Chinese state. Huawei has consistently denied these allegations, and a growing trade war between the US and China has not helped.
In the past, Huawei relied heavily on US companies, primarily for software used on devices sold in the US and European markets. Yu said earlier that it was Huawei's preference to continue working with US companies like Google to build their products.