Huawei Boss Says Mate 30 Can Get Google Play Store Almost Immediately if US Trade Ban Is Lifted

By Shabana Arif on at

Huawei CEO Richard Yu says Google Play Store is ready to roll out to the Mate 30 series of devices as soon as the US ban is lifted – if that was a scenario that came to fruition.

Pocket-Lint reports that during  briefing held after the Mate 30 launch, Yu was asked how long it would take to for the Play Store to make its way to the device if the ban were to be lifted. "Over one night. We can do that immediately," he responded.

"We are planning [sales in] European countries even without GMS Core [Google Mobile Services] we will still want to allow the consumer to do that themselves," he explained. "For sure we are planning to bring our phones without GMS to [European] countries, the Middle East and elsewhere because consumers like our products and we need to continue our business."

The Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro were officially unveiled last week, but despite the US' pledge to ease restrictions on the company, the tech giant confirmed that the handsets won't have Google Apps or the Play Store.

A workaround has been hashed out, which allows users to unlock the Mate 30 series’ bootlocker - something that the company put an end to last year - giving "more freedom for the consumers so they can do more customisation by themselves," according to Yu.

Huawei has yet to confirm exact release dates for its new lineup of handsets and it's unknown if the devices will get a US launch right now. But we have European pricing at least which ranges from €800 for an 8GB of RAM/128GB Mate 30, all the way up to €2,100 for a 12GB RAM/ 512GB limited edition Porsche Design Mate 30 RS.