without Google apps or Google Play you have to know about Android to make it work

without Google apps or Google Play you have to know about Android to make it work

In the last fifteen years we have not seen a case like the launch of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. With the trade war between the United States and China, Huawei has caught a ricochet that has caused, among other things, that its new phones have not They can include the standard Android license that we all know and is based on Google Play Services.

In the absence of knowing what will happen on November 19, when the new period of extension for the veto is fulfilled, the first victim of this 'new era' is the Mate 30 Pro, which will go on sale in some markets, including Spain , where to arrive predictably in mid-November, with an Android fork and without the Google Play Store preinstalled.

We had the chance to talk to Huawei Spain to know what arguments will try to sell the Mate 30 Pro and the main one is that they will position it as a challenge for more "pro" users. We explain it.

The Mate 30 Pro as a technological challenge

We already said in our first impressions that this Mate 30 Pro has a hardware that competes with tat with the best of the high range of this year, although perhaps that cudruple camera and that madness at 7680 fps will take all the 'wow effect' between all phone specifications.

But, of course, it is a telephone whose announced starting price was 1099 euros and in which you will not be able to use Facebook, WhatsApp or Gmail unless you manage to install the Play Store (because installing APK applications independently does not seem an effective solution, especially for updates or security). Huawei recognizes this barrier of entry and for that reason they will position it as the phone for those who dare or accept the challenge.

Huawei cannot explain step by step how to install Google Play Services on the Mate 30 Pro

The bootloader option to install Android ROMs is now ruled out, so there are some alternative paths that, under no circumstances, can Huawei explain to the user. In other words, if you go to a Chinese brand store and ask how to install Google Play Services on the Mate 30 Pro they can't tell you how to do it explicitly for the legal consequences that it may carry.

Maybe the store worker can make a guide like "you can search how to do it on this website", but it is clear that loses many sales arguments as soon as any type of inconvenience appears for the user (and not being able to have WhatsApp "first" is a very large one).

S comes the pre-installed Huawei official app store, AppGallery, but in it we do not find any of those most used such as Facebook or Gmail. Failing that, we find its own equivalents, such as Huawei maps, although the company assures us that they are already working so that in the future WhatsApp, YouTube or Instagram can be downloaded from their store.

It is just for all this context that Huawei has repeatedly told us that they will focus on the "public pro", but not "pro" of "professional", but on advanced users and with technical knowledge that are able to save that entry obstacle . Come on, that are able to find life to make the phone functional.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro against the best high-end: huge battery and design to compensate for the operating system

Regarding security, we asked Huawei if they had considered all possible scenarios and consequences of marketing a terminal without Google Play Services, especially considering that the door is opened for users to "tap" the device software, which raises the risk of possible attacks or that some kind of malware is downloaded. His response was that the Mate 30 Pro will include an Avast antivirus license to offer an extra point of security.

Different guarantee, possible offers and the psychological challenge

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