Huawei’s first foldable phone, the Mate X, won’t be allowed to carry the official Google apps, such as Gmail, Maps and the Play Store. A Google spokesman confirmed to news agency Reuters that the current presidential ban prevents Huawei from installing these apps on their newly released devices, such as the Mate 30 and X. Only existing phones which have already been released are eligible for inclusion of the Google application software.
Huawei may install the barebones Android operation system on the Mate X, but that’s not a very attractive proposition for the consumer. He would have to install additional apps manually through little-known app stores. And for some crucial apps (think Whatsapp, Facebook, Gmail) there may be no legitimate way to obtain the APK-installers.
In June, Huawei delayed the introduction of the Mate X foldable smartphone. Originally planned for July, the company pushed the date back to September. The future of the foldable Huawei Mate X became unsure, when Google decided to stop providing the Chinese company with the full Android build. The move followed president Trump’s executive order to ban US companies from conducting business with Huawei. Later the ban was partially lifted, allowing Huawei to continue using Android. But now, it seems, this will be a crippled version of Android only.
The move by Huawei is the latest and most dramatic setback for the company since the ban on 5G network equipment and the presidential decree banning US companies from dealing with Huawei. Huawei is accused by the US government of spying via its network infrastructure and at the same time a trade war between China and the US is looming.