Mate 30 Pro was unveiled last week in what will likely down as one of the strangest smartphone launches in history.
That’s because the flagship’s sublime hardware was completely overshadowed by the ongoing US trade ban on Huawei that prevents it from shipping with official Google support.
That means the flagship smartphone does not come with access to the Google Play Store, or a raft of fundamental apps, such as Google Maps, Gmail, or Google Chrome.
Express.co.uk attended Huawei’s hardware event and went hands-on with the Mate 30 Pro – you can read our full impressions here.
It was initially thought this would severely hinder the Mate 30 Pro’s success in Western markets, like the UK where customers expect Android-powered handsets to ship with these hugely-popular apps and services out of the box.
However, it seems anyone who does pick-up Huawei’s latest smartphone won’t have much trouble installing Google’s suite of programmes and services.
Express.co.uk recently received an image from a source inside Huawei that shows the Mate 30 Pro – the phone was exhibited with a range of Google apps installed including the Play Store, Chrome and YouTube.
Additionally, numerous other third-party offerings such as Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook could be seen installed on the handset, too.
The source said they downloaded Google’s suite from the web address https://www.lzplay.net/.
They emphasised how easy the entire process was, saying it only took “five minutes” to obtain the phone’s missing Google programmes. Applications were allegedly “functioning brilliantly” on the hardware, despite the Google ban.
The source told Express.co.uk: “It was so easy to do and took just five minutes. Once done you’d never know it hadn’t ever been different and is now as seamless as using any other Huawei smartphone.”
Blog 9to5Google has also shared a tutorial that reveals how to install Google apps on the Mate 30 Pro using the same method.
The link https://www.lzplay.net/ was said to allow Mate 30 Pro owners to download the Google Services Framework installer – effectively providing access to the Play Store.
From there, all Google apps can be downloaded individually. 9to5Google noted users may experience sign-in issues during the process, however this was remedied with a phone restart.
The confirmation the Mate 30 Pro will indeed be able to run Google apps and services via the workaround will surely come as great news to fans.
In terms of pure hardware, Huawei’s newest smartphone is highly impressive. The phone comes with a gorgeous curvaceous display, a supremely capable camera system and a huge battery.
Plus, the phone also comes with a new chipset under its hood that should deliver blisteringly fast speeds for fans.
Finally, Mate 30 Pro comes pre-installed with Huawei’s EMUI 10 skin based on Android 10 – the software totes a gorgeous new aesthetic, an improved dark mode and redesigned native apps.
Pre-orders for the new Chinese flagship are expected to begin in China on September 26.
Mate 30 Pro will be made available in the UK, it’s just unclear when or how much it will cost.