During the launch of the Huawei Mate 30 series of smartphones in Munich, CEO Richard Yu sat down to answer questions from various journalists. One of the questions had to do with unlocking the Huawei Mate 30 Pro bootloader.
Since the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will ship without Google apps, an unlocked bootloader is the only way users will be able to sideload Play Services onto the devices. However, Huawei’s recent policies have centred on discouraging users from unlocking the bootloaders of its devices.
Here is the statement from Richard Yu:
“We limited [bootloader unlocking] because we wanted to guarantee more security for consumers. But this time we will leave more freedom for the consumers so they can do more customisation by themselves. So we are planning to let consumers do that.”
Because of that statement, many felt a glimmer of hope that they may be able to still use Google services on the flagship devices. However. that hope was crushed recently when a Huawei spokesperson has reached out to clarify comments made by Richard Yu, now stating that Huawei has “no plans” to unlock the bootloader on Mate 30 series devices. How this choice will impact those wanting to sideload Google Play Services is as yet unknown and we don’t know if this decision may be revised in future.
With no Google Play Services and no Google apps out of the box, the Mate 30 series has a pretty serious uphill battle on its hands in the west other key regions, unless Huawei has a plan B up its sleeve. Huawei has declined to comment any further on the bootloader situation.