Huawei Surprise News: Mate 30 Pro Google Apps Workaround Still Good

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is phenomenal. It looks stunning, with its waterfall display that shimmies down the sides of the phone. It has four great cameras that work brilliantly together. It has innovations like the absence of a volume rocker – double-tap the edge of the waterfall display and you activate a volume control on the edge.

There’s much more.

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But there’s also a downside. Because of the continuing presence of Huawei on the Entity List which prevents the company doing business with U.S. organizations, it doesn’t have Google Mobile Services on board, meaning Google Play Store, Gmail, Google Maps and other apps are not pre-loaded. Nor are they downloadable.

Well, that might be a problem.

But recently, a mysterious website called LZPlay.net appeared which made adding Google Mobile Services an absolute breeze. Press an onscreen button, and you’re done. All apps working fine, no problem at all.

This is appealing because a lot of prospective customers would be prepared to spend a couple of minutes while setting up their phones to add all these services so easily.

That’s not to say there’s aren’t issues with using the LZPlay.net system, to do with security and the permissions you’re giving to an unknown company. After all, Huawei says it has had no dealings with LZPlay.

A setback arrived, however, earlier in the week when LZPlay vanished from the internet and some users reported that Google Pay had ceased working.

I’ve been talking in depth to several sources from both inside and outside Huawei who did not wish to be named. Here’s what they said.

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The workaround is still working fine

One insider had put Google Mobile Services on their Huawei Mate 30 Pro easily and successfully.

All the apps they installed worked immediately and as you’d expect them to. What’s more, they say, they are all continuing to work perfectly, and with no surprises.

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So, what about Google Pay failing for some users?

It is possible that the issue may have arisen depending on which version of EMUI, the Huawei operating system overlay, was being used, so it’s a complicated situation.

One user from outside Huawei has told me they have found Google Pay conflicts on other Huawei handsets, too, ones which are already running full Google Mobile Services. In that case, the phone is on EMUI 10, which is still beta software, so that may be the cause. In which case, it’s possible that these are issues that will change for all users as EMUI 10 is updated and released to the public.

With so few people actually using the new phone outside China (it’s a rampant success already in its home market), it’s hard to draw decisive conclusions.

Also read: Huawei’s Dazzling New P30 Pro Smartphone Launches With Huge Price Cut

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Will the Huawei Mate 30 Pro be released outside China?

Yes. It’s definitely coming to Europe, for instance, and soon. It could be as early as next month, though no date has been set and these things can change.

If there are no Google Mobile Services, is the Huawei Mate 30 Pro dead in the water?

Actually, maybe not.

True, everyone wants Gmail, Google Maps and so on. But, truth to tell, an awful lot of apps are available in the Huawei App Gallery, the company’s own version of the Play Store. These include Here WeGo maps which is an outstanding alternative to Google Maps, for instance. Not least because its offline use is tremendous. You download free country maps in advance so you can turn off data roaming while you’re, well, roaming.

Lacking the Gmail app may not be a problem – just as iPhone users regularly use Apple’s own Mail app to read their Gmails, so Huawei’s own mail app may suffice.

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And there are many examples of apps found in the Huawei App Gallery which offer credible alternatives to the popular apps in Google Play Store. Netflix is an exception, but that could come to the Huawei App Gallery easily enough.

Another source says they’ve found that running a Huawei Mate 30 Pro with the basic Android that comes supplied turns out to be a highly satisfying experience, even if some of the apps are a bit different.

Of course, I’m not saying the Huawei Mate 30 Pro will be as useful without Google Mobile Services, but it’ll still have a lot going for it. And that’s before we even talk about the company’s own HarmonyOS which could be installed instead. That new system even looks the same as a Huawei phone running Android, thanks to the EMUI overlay which sits on top of both.

The situation will only be conclusively resolved if Huawei is taken off the Entity List which prevents trading with the U.S. At the rate things are changing, that can’t be ruled out, either.

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