Getting Google Apps On Huawei's Mate30 Pro Might Be A Tough Task

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Huawei may have no choice but to make that statement in order to discourage the unofficial, arguably illegal, and potentially harmful distribution and installation of Google Play APKs among users.

That little appears to include allowing users to unlock the bootloader. However, there is one big difference- the Huawei Mate 30 series Android phones do not offer Google apps and services due to the US-China trade war which forced Google to pause doing business with Chinese tech major Huawei.

Richard Yu, Huawei's CEO of the Consumer BG, told guests at Huawei's IFA 2019 presentation that while the devices wouldn't come with Google apps, owners would find the process of putting them on their devices "quite easy". While Huawei can't do too much to allow users to get around that - lest it draw more ire from the US Government or Google - it can do a little.

We limited [bootloader unlocking] because we wanted to guarantee more security for consumers. While consumers might not understand what that means - and probably wouldn't ever do it - for enthusiasts like us, that's the magic phrase that means we'll be able to (fairly easily) install the Google services we want on the Mate 30 Pro when it comes to Australia. So we are planning to let consumers do that.

The bootloader is a program that ensures the right operating system opens on a phone's startup.

Android Authority is reporting today that a Huawei spokesman reached out to tell them that despite Yu's original comment, there are no plans to unlock the bootloader.

With the Mate30 Pro's date still unannounced in Australia and conflicting information about whether it's possible to load Google software onto the device, it's looking like a risky purchase right now.