Huawei's placement on the U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) entity list in May banned it from purchasing any products from U.S. suppliers without approval from the United States' government. The trade sanctions were announced to be lifting in June, though it was later confirmed this applied only to widely available products. The situation hasn't looked to get any better in recent weeks, with the Commerce Department reportedly not granting any of the 130 trade license applications to trade goods with the Chinese firm it has received in the past few months.
Despite having to deal with all these issues, Huawei yesterday unveiled its flagship series of Mate 30 smartphones in Munich, Germany. As expected, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro won't be carrying any Google services upon launch. However, according to Android Authority, Huawei CEO Richard Yu is ready to have Google apps pushed out to the handsets "over one night" if the trade ban is lifted.
In a group interview following the Mate 30 series' unveiling, Yu clarified that aside from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) base, which serves as the foundation of EMUI, no other Google software will be included. It is no doubt quite a challenge for the Chinese firm to be launching its flagship devices in these circumstances. From Yu's aforementioned statement regarding a possible lifting of the ban scenario, however, it does look like that the company is well-prepared to equip users with Google apps as soon as possible through an over-the-air (OTA) update.
Yu also believes that Huawei is a "bargaining chip" in the U.S.' trade war with China, though he expects the situation to get resolved soon. Even executives of major U.S. tech companies, such as Microsoft, have started speaking out against their government's treatment of Huawei. Keeping all this in mind, it may be some consolation for potential Mate 30 buyers that at least the Chinese tech giant is ready to quickly bring Google apps back into the fold if and when the trade sanctions are lifted.