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Why Huawei phones have no Google apps: Reason



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Google apps come with a variety of services and can be found on any Android smartphone. Huawei was also in the same club but everything was changed since the events of May 2019 that lead us towards the removable of Google Mobile Services from phones launched after the above-mentioned timeline.

Time to dive into why you cannot access Google apps pre-built into new Huawei phones.

In May 2019, Huawei was included in the U.S. entity list, a special order from the U.S. commerce department. This order bans top Chinese entities including Huawei from purchasing or selling goods inside the U.S. territory. This results in the lack of access to required components to build new products such as new chipset as well as other important parts of the phone.

The follow-up event has brought in the entrance of Google, which announced to pull Google Mobile Services (GMS) certification eligibility from Huawei phones. Thereafter, new models and including Huawei Mate 30 series haven’t featured Google apps pre-installed coming out of the box.

Old Phones retained GMS:

The entire scenario has created big havoc among consumers, and many concerns generated among the consumers since then. One of them came from existing smartphone users such as P30 and Mate 20 series that were launched with GMS. However, Huawei and Google later clarified the situation that phones launched before May 2019 and packs with Google services will continue to work as usual and receive software updates on time.

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Google Mobile Services (GMS):

Google Mobile Services or GMS consist of proprietary applications and application programming interface services from Google that comes pre-installed on Android devices including smartphones, tablets, and other eligible smart devices.


To fill the shoes left empty in the absence of GMS, Huawei introduced Huawei Mobile Services AKA HMS. This suite includes various new applications and empowered its own application distribution platform – AppGallery to increase the number of developers.

Since Google’s app ecosystem is so vast and powerful, Huawei is continuously improving the developer’s support so that they can develop robust apps and bring them to the AppGallery application store.


So, here we are and now you could have a better understanding of why new Huawei phones don’t come with pre-installed Google applications in them.

Most of Deng Li's smartphones are from the Huawei ecosystem and his first Huawei phone was Ascend Mate 2 (4G). As a tech enthusiast, he keeps exploring new technologies and inspects them closely. Apart from the technology world, he takes care of his garden.