Although it was already confirmed that the upcoming Huawei Mate 30 series will not be arriving with Google Play apps and services out of the box, but there seems to be a possible workaround for it.
This came directly from Richard Yu, Huawei’s Consumer Business Group CEO, who claimed that the company is currently exploring the possibility to allow Mate 30 users to install Google apps on AOSP, a non-Google version of Android. Yu also stressed that the process of installation will be relatively simple for the users, due to the open-source nature of Android.
Perhaps, one of the possible course of action is to allow users to install the Google Play apps and services via a pre-installed app store – as in the case of certain Meizu smartphones in the past. The issue with this solution is the security risks involved in having side-loading enabled on the smartphone, which opens an avenue for cyber-criminals to introduce malwares to the device.
Surely, it is important for Huawei to address these security concerns with it’s partners and developers before deciding whether it’s the most effective solution. Since the Harmony OS is still in it’s infancy, it is highly unlikely for the Mate 30 series to run on this OS at this stage of time. Therefore, having a workaround to install Google Play apps and services on a non-Google Android platform is still be the preferred solution.
For now, let’s wait for more information during the Mate 30 official launch event in Berlin on September 19th.