Dec 4th, 2019

So we all know that the Huawei Mate 30 series of smartphones does not come with Google Play Services installed. This is due to the ongoing legal issues between Huawei and the US government, where as part of the consequences of being placed on the Entity List, it means that Huawei is not allowed to do business with US companies and vice versa.

This obviously includes Google.

Apart from Google Play Services, it has also recently been pointed out by Sally Shin, Bureau Chief at CNBC, that not only is the Huawei Mate 30 series lacking Google Play Services, but it also features components that are not made by US companies either. This includes components such as the audio amplifiers in the phone which are supplied by NXP, a Dutch company.

The Bluetooth and WiFi modules are also made by Huawei’s own HiSilicon instead of Broadcom, and the rest of the components are being supplied by companies such as Murata or MediaTek. The company also revealed to the Wall Street Journal that all of its 5G hardware is now “America Free”.

This is actually a rather interesting revelation because all things considered, and taking aside the lack of Google Play Services, many have found the Huawei Mate 30 series to be a pretty compelling set of smartphones, proving that despite the ban, Huawei still managed to produce a couple of stellar devices.

US companies can apply for a license that will grant them an exception to do business with Huawei, but given the tenuous relationship between Huawei and the US government, we have to wonder if it is a good idea for the company to go back to doing business with US firms, lest them find themselves in another similar situation a few years down the road.


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