Can Huawei make great phones without the full power of Google’s Android operating system behind it? We’re about the find out. The Chinese giant on Thursday unveiled the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, its latest flagship phones, at an event in Munich. The phones will ship with state-of-the-art hardware, including four rear cameras, but without the full Android support.The Mate 30 phones are based on Android open source, meaning they will still function like Androids. What they won’t have, though, is Google services or apps. No Google Maps, no Google Chrome and, most importantly, no Google Play Store. Instead, you’ll surf the web through the Huawei Browser and download apps through the Huawei AppGallery. The AppGallery has around 45,000 apps, according to Huawei, compared to the Google Play Store’s estimated 2.7 million. Google typically licenses the latest version of Android, currently Android Q, for phone manufacturers to use. The Mate 30 phones will instead be powered by open-source Android and run EMUI 10, Huawei’s user interface that approximates Google’s Android Q.This means Huawei will only be able to bring security updates to the Mate 30 phones when those updates hit open-source Android.The Mate 30 launch comes at an uncertain time for… Read full this story
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