Huawei’s next phone won’t have Google apps

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Huawei’s next flagship smartphone will not come with Google’s popular apps including Maps and YouTube.

But companies need an agreement with Google to include its popular apps such as Maps, Pay, Search, Photos, Play Store and YouTube.

Google has not said whether it has applied for permission to offer its apps to Huawei.

Huawei said in a statement: “Huawei will continue to use the Android OS and ecosystem if the US government allows us to do so. Otherwise, we will continue to develop our own operating system and ecosystem.”

It has set up a website named Huawei Answers

 to address consumer concerns about the company’s relationship with Android.

“Anyone who has already bought, or is about to buy a Huawei smartphone, can continue to access the world of apps as they have always done. All devices continue to be covered by our manufacturer’s warranty and will receive full service support accordingly”, the company said.

Analysis box by Chris Fox, technology reporter

Huawei is just weeks away from launching its next flagship phone, the Mate 30 Pro.

It will be Huawei’s first major phone launch since the US restrictions were applied in May.

But analysts say launching without Google’s apps in Europe will be a major blow.

Consumers expect to have access to all the major apps they are used to including Maps and YouTube. Without them, Huawei’s phones will seem a lot less appealing.

And losing the Play Store means Huawei will need to provide another way for customers to access other popular apps such as Facebook, Twitter and BBC News.

It is possible to create Android-powered devices without involving Google. Amazon does this with its Fire tablets, which do not come with Google’s apps.

But will customers want a premium, high-end mobile phone that does not have access to some of the world’s most-used apps?

Huawei has said it will continue using Android for as long as the US government allows it.

But it is also working on its own operating system – Harmony OS – as a back-up plan.

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