Near the 1-year “anniversary” of being blacklisted by the US President – and losing Google’s Android usage rights, Huawei continues to launch a next version of the P30. As the last product line of Huawei before receiving the ban, P30 has been updated to Huawei by 3 times. For the first time, at IFA September 2019, Huawei launched the P30 Pro with a dual-color design and Android 10 preinstalled. In January 2020, the P30 Lite “New Edition” was unveiled. And, most recently, the P30 Pro is reborn under the name “P30 Pro New Edition”.
After unveiling the first P30 versions in March, Huawei has launched two new generation of top models: Mate 30 and P40. The P40 Pro even beat out all of its rivals to rise to the top of the DxOMark rankings.
The unprecedented story in history: A smartphone company 3 times refresh the smartphone of the old year.
But Huawei still has to refresh the P30, because this is the last model to install Google Play. For Huawei users across the globe, Google Play is the only way to reach an acceptable Android experience.
The paradox of Android
For Android fans, this can be considered a surprising thing. Because right from the early days, Google has always been promoting the “openness” of Android. One of the most “open” elements of Android is its ability to install apps. Unlike the iPhone – where the only way to install apps is through Apple’s App Store, Android users still have a lot of ways to install apps. They want it without having to use Google Play Market.There are countless third-party sources to download APK files, and any company can create its own app market to distribute apps for Android. Samsung, Amazon, Chinese companies and of course Huawei have done the same.
But sadly, the “openness” of Android just stops in theory. In a recent test, we tried installing two popular ride-hailing and ride-hailing apps, Grab and Now, on the P40 Pro. Neither of these apps is available on Huawei’s AppGallery market, and therefore must be installed via a standalone APK file.
The paradox: The “open” operating system, but without a company’s own service, the faulty application cannot be used.
Result? Grab is still running but the map is blank. The message “Grab cannot run without Google Play services” appears. You can still book a car, but it’s an extremely limited and less intuitive experience. Similarly, Now users cannot log in to the app (though they can still see restaurants and food). Now’s message is still “Cannot run without Google Play services”.
The paradox happens. You can still find the installer, you can still install it, and you can even launch the app on Huawei without Google, but these apps are either useless, or extremely gender-neutral. term.
The “wisdom” of Google
The wisdom of Google is here. Google still has the right to say Android is open and free, as users can still install the app on any version of Android via APKs, companies can still completely remove Google Play services. and replace it with your own service pack. But in fact, if the Android-without-Google experience is as bad as Grab and Now on P40 Pro, who wants to leave Google?
Android is still an open operating system, but developers are tied to Google’s own background services.
Giants looking for how to create these invisible strings? Take a look at Google’s own description for Play Services. This service set includes the most important elements for the application, including location (Google Maps) and notifications (Firebase Cloud Messaging). Some other important factors, such as searching offline content, customizing permissions (app permissions) or contacts, are also available in the Google Play service suite.
Again, theoretically, companies can still create their own alternatives, and application developers have the right to choose these alternatives. For example, Facebook has its own notification service, no need to go through Google’s notification service. Messaging apps and social networks in China can also use Huawei’s services or develop their own. But Google is still too smart: not all developers have the potential like Facebook, WeChat or Tencent to completely remove Play services from their own applications.
Not to mention, with the application using its own “background” service instead of Google Play Services, the pressure on the hardware will be greater, affecting the user experience. For example, domestic Chinese smartphones often have more RAM than the international version: unable to receive notifications via Google services, Chinese developers are forced to keep their applications on RAM to “listen”. Call, features are coming.
Google has officially warned users about the dangers of trying to install Play Services on Huawei phones.
As a result, no one tells anyone, every developer chooses the default Google services. Both the Android ecosystem and users are therefore also “tied” … On Google’s smartphones, the car ordering / ordering application loses its ability to locate because it does not have access to Google Maps, the social network Twitter loses its ability Notifications are currently displayed due to failure to connect to Google’s Firebase Cloud Messaging service.
Not only that, Huawei users (and any other Android device not licensed by Google) face all kinds of trouble. Google takes all legal measures to prevent manufacturers from being able to create the Play Services installation method easily. And even if all these problems are overcome, they face great risks when using banking, financial or business applications. Should a user “love” a smartphone brand that is willing to accept losing money, losing sensitive information in this way?
Why accept, while they still have many other Android-to-Google options: Samsung, Xiaomi or Vsmart for example?
Market still too many Android smartphone options HAVE Google services …
And Huawei has the only option is to continually refresh the P30. Android may be considered an “open”, “free” operating system, but a wise person like Google is not foolish to create something truly free for others to benefit. In one way or another, Android remains Google’s own. The search giant has enough ways to turn the Android-without-Google experience into a “digital hell” for Huawei, ZTE users or any other smartphone brand without Play Services.