Huawei’s phones will ship with Google Apps, but there’s a catch

Huawei has had a controversial year. After facing an almost blanket ban due to US President Donald Trump’s policies, the Chinese manufacturer is back with a bang. This time, with a backup. There’s still no surety if future Huawei phones will use a licensed Android so it released its own HarmonyOS operating system. And now, Huawei has said that it will release at least two new smartphones by the end of this year that will feature a fully-licensed version of Android. But, these two new smartphones were confirmed only for the South African market.

Huawei's phones with ship with Google apps, but there's a catch
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One of the two smartphones is the Huawei Nova 5T, an incremental upgrade over Huawei Nova 5. It will come with a total of five cameras – a quad-camera setup on the rear and a single selfie shooter on the front. The other smartphone is the Huawei Y9 S, which will also be an incremental upgrade over its predecessor, the Huawei Y9 Prime (2019 edition).

Huawei also said that these two devices will launch in South Africa before the end of 2019, and both devices will “still be supported by Google.” It is not yet clear if the Huawei ban initiated by the United States remains or is country-specific. Technically, Huawei is not supposed to release a new Google-supported device anywhere in the world, as its Google’s status as a U.S. organization that mandates the ban, not the country where devices are sold.

Huawei is all set to release its upcoming Mate 30 series and it will be interesting to see if we get to see Google’s Android or Huawei’s home-grown HarmonyOS.


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