Huawei recently announced the new Mate 30 series and as rumoured the device doesn’t come with Google services. Due to the Trump ban, Huawei can’t trade with the US companies which include Google as well.
For those unaware, Huawei Mate 30 series uses Android AOSP ROM and comes with Huawei’s EMUI 10 which is based on Android 10. To fix the problem of not having Google Services, Huawei has decided to allow users to unlock bootloader of the device. Unfortunately, unlocking bootloader is not something a rational customer might do but for enthusiasts, it means that they could sideload Google services on the device.
We limited [bootloader unlocking] because we wanted to guarantee more security for consumers. But this time we will leave more freedom for the consumers so they can do more customization by themselves. So we are planning to let consumers do that.
– Richard Yu (via Ausdroid)
Yu also confirmed that the company has faith in the Mate 30 series and they expect to see around 20 million units. However, he also mentioned that most of the sales will happen in China as the Chinese version of smartphone won’t come with Google services anyway. While 20 million seems like a huge number, the Mate 30 is really promising and it’s not the first time any company has sold devices without Google services. Amazon has been pretty successful with their Fire series and for a while, Nokia did sell a decent amount of Nokia X series smartphones which were based on forked version of Android and didn’t have access to Google services.