On May 15 last year, the US Department of Commerce blacklisted Huawei. At the same time, US President Donald Trump signed a decree prohibiting US companies from using equipment that poses a threat to US national security. Since that moment Huawei has lost the ability to use Google services in their own smartphones around the world. The ban finally came into force only in August last year. All new smartphones Huawei are currently sold without Google services. These include Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Mate X. And their absence has already affected sales in Q4 2019.
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The flagship Huawei P40 and P40 Pro will be officially unveiled in March this year in Paris. The company also plans to introduce a premium version of the P40 Premium. All 3 devices will ship without Google services. But who needs them in this case? The fact is that the company has its own AppGallery app store. It currently has about 15 thousand applications, but so far you will not find popular solutions such as Instagram or WhatsApp in it. This still stops many users from buying new phones from the company. But that could change with the release of the P40 range.
The fact is that, according to colleagues from mobiletelefon, Huawei plans to pre-install 70 applications on its own smartphones, which will be the top most popular on Google Play. Obviously, the list of the most popular apps on Google Play will differ for each region, so the P40 in Russia may have preinstalled apps that differ from those in the P40, which is sold in France, for example.
There is one interesting point here – some applications cannot work without Google services. And others are completely part of services, for example, YouTube, without which it is difficult to imagine using a phone today. The company will replace such an application with its own analogue. For example, in March, the Chinese giant will introduce the Huawei Video service.
Of course, it's hard for me to imagine that any analogue of YouTube can ever become a worthy competitor, but it's still better than nothing.
In addition, with the growing popularity of PWA versions of applications, using various services using web technologies seems to be a solution to the problem. For example, why not use YouTube via a browser by adding an app to your desktop? Of course, there will be a difference in the number of functions, but in this case it is better this way than nothing.
The source also reports that in the next 4 months Huawei it plans to “fill” us with new products with pre-installed popular applications. We are talking about at least 9 smartphones, among which there will be solutions based on the Kirin 810 processor, and the first phones under the new strategy should be Huawei Y7p and P40 Lite E based on Kirin 710 and Android Pie.
Earlier Huawei announced that it will never use Google services again, even if the American giant agrees to use its own services in products Huawei. And not so long ago Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi and Huawei created an international alliance, within which it is planned to launch a platform for easy publication by developers of their own applications in the stores of various companies. The Chinese plan to attract developers with a low commission rate. For example, Google today takes 30% of the profits from developers, while AppGallery takes only 15%.
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