Huawei had already confirmed the device would launch running Android, despite the growing uncertainty surrounding the firm’s relationship with Google.
While this initially came as good news to fans of the Chinese tech powerhouse, it seems the Mate 30 Pro will not be sold with licensed Google apps and services like Maps, Gmail and more.
This could fundamentally dent the functionality of the device and its sales.
Reuters made such claims in a recent report – the outlet said a Google spokesperson confirmed the news.
It was noted although Huawei was recently granted another 90-day reprieve from a US ban, this does not apply to new products released.
This means while they Chinese firm may still be able to harness an open-source version of Android for its forthcoming mobile, it would not be able to obtain a paid licence needed to use its apps and services.
Google is eligible to seek a licence that could exempt some of its products or services from the US ban – the firm has iterated its intention to keep working with Huawei in the future.
Reuters has previously reported over 130 applications have been sent to the US Commerce Department asking for licences to sell domestic products to Huawei.
However, none of these have so far been granted.
In response to Reuters’ report, Huawei emphasised it will continue to harness Google’s Android operating system if the US allows it.
However, the Chinese vendor declared if it is unable to use the American software, it will have to utilise its own operating system instead.
Joe Kelly, a Huawei spokesman, told Reuters: “Huawei will continue to use the Android OS and ecosystem if the U.S. government allows us to do so.
“Otherwise, we will continue to develop our own operating system and ecosystem.”
Huawei announced HarmonyOS at the start of this month – the firm’s own operating system that is designed for Internet of Things (IoT) devices but could also be harnessed by smartphones.
Reuters, citing a source familiar with the matter, said Huawei is planning to unveil the Mate 30 Pro on September 18 at an event in Munich, Germany.
It is currently unclear when the Chinese firm plans to make the device available for purchase.