BEIJING (Reuters) – China's technology giant Huawei launched its latest smartphone on Thursday in Munich, the first of its mobile devices free of widespread Google applications due to US sanctions.
"Today, because of the US ban on some phones, we cannot provide them," said Richard Yu, head of Huawei Consumer Branch, while unveiling the company's latest phones, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro.
But to allay fears that a phone without popular apps like WhatsApp, YouTube and Google Maps will not work, Richard Yu stressed that the parallel platform for PlayStore, created by the Chinese giant, offers 45,000 applications through Huawei Apps Gallery.
He added that Huawei has invested $ 1 billion in its application system, calling on application developers to bring their innovations to the system.
Since then, US companies have been barred from dealing with the Chinese company, which President Donald Trump and his administration suspect is spying for Beijing.
As a result, the Mate phone will be without the available version of Android, which is the most used operating system in the world and owned by the American giant Google.
Although the users of the phone "30" will not find much difference in the use of the system, but the absence of the store "Play Store", which offers the possibility to download thousands of applications, games, movies, books and music, can hinder them.
These users will not have popular apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, and Google Maps.
The tech world reports that this loophole in the phone function has made some traders hesitant to order these new phones for fear that unsatisfied consumers will return them.