Google has blocked Huawei Mate 30 users from installing Google apps such as Google Map, YouTube and Gmail. Under the circumstance, Huawei’s presence in global markets such as Europe is likely to be further affected.
The latest flagship smartphone of the company, which was unveiled in Germany on Sept. 19, comes with no preloaded Google apps due to U.S. restrictions on Huawei. Some consumers, however, succeeded in downloading Google apps onto the phone without the Google Mobile Service. In response, Google took the measure on Oct. 2. Huawei CEO Richard Yu said that new ways would be found soon.
Google’s measure is likely to have a negative impact on Huawei’s global market share. The Mate 30 series phones were released on Sep. 26 in the Chinese market and the local sales volume broke the one million unit mark in just three hours. However, it is yet to be launched in Europe, one of the biggest markets for Huawei, due to the unavailability of Google apps. According to market research firm Counterpoint Research, Huawei’s European market share fell from 26 percent to 20 percent from the first to second quarter of this year.