huawei mate 30 pro

Google cut ties with Chinese tech giant Huawei in May last year after the US government flagged the company as a security threat. Since then, Huawei expedited the in-house operating system it was working on.

Well, the Chinese giant says it [its smartphone division] can do well without including the Google Mobile Services. But the question here is, “Will Huawei be able to survive without Google as it has been using Android all these years?” The company assures it can survive.

What about the user base? Is it going to be okay without Google Play? That answer is in the review Yordan at GSM Arena did on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

This is a summary of Yordan’s 7-day usage review.

Out of the box will be the usual stuff: device, charger, SIM pin, and USB cable. From the review, the setting up of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is “pretty straightforward”. Powering it up, you have a couple of basic apps like gallery app, gaming center, notes, music app, voice recorder, etc. There’s also an app for direct customer support.

There were no map apps pre-installed on Mate 30 Pro and searching from the Huawei AppGallery proved difficult. Some of the popular map apps like Here and Sygic were not found in the AppGallery.

huawei mate 30 pro camera

Popular social apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Skype, Instagram, and Facebook were also not present. Thus, your best bet is to use the web versions, which can be really difficult. This means you won’t get any notifications too.

The only social app that falls in the popular category and is present on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is Viber.

Later, APKPure was downloaded to try and fix the problem. APKPure is an app that is used to virtually download any app from the Google Play Store. Well, that also wasn’t of any help as apps like Google Photos and Maps couldn’t work. The Google Play app closed “immediately after starting”.

huawei mate 30 pro back

Wrapping up, let me quote what the reviewer said: “Three days into the experiment, I was ready to admit defeat and concede that the phone simply isn’t going to work for casual users. There’s just too much they would need to get used to and the experience will always feel compromised.”

Well, this is the honest 7-day usage review of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro from Yordan over at GSM Arena, which I’m inclined to agree. I can’t just imagine using my phone without having WhatsApp on it because, though I’m barely on phone, it is the app I use the most —according to my Screen Time records. This means Huawei is going to face a little bit of challenge initially, especially with the world market (excluding China), as users would have to learn to live without the popular Google Play apps they were previously using on Huawei smartphones.


Kofi loves to write about smartphones, computers, and tech companies in general. He takes care of most of the guides, and general tech news (from government initiatives to individual projects). As an ardent Hip Hop fan, Kofi produces beats too.


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