A week with Huawei Mate 30 Pro: is there life without Google services

03 February 2020
I was missing a lot of apps, but I found a surprising amount of free time in the process.

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  • Anonymous

Good luck with that, Huawei.

Best,
Windows Phone

  • Anonymous

In essence, I'm assuming that the only reason to why the google apps crash after sideloading is because google play services is missing, it is essential for all Google apps to function.
If that could be installed on the device then there could be hope for the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

I stand to be corrected.

  • Me

I have Huawei and it works great.

Many of you guys are just talking off the topic. Some says they rooted and installed GSM, some says I use banking apps (may be his/her bank), some says don't use social media, some says i only need Netflix and Hulu and bla bla only etc. But my all dear friends we are talking in general and they wrote this article saying in a week of use they were tired (obviously not committed directly) and you can not see android phone without GSM.

id say that you can do it if social media isnt your thing. but if it is its possible.

the draw back is if you use google services and have dedicated the time to use their services then that will be an issue.

side loading wil make up for it but id dare say LineageOS will play a massive roll in this handset sooner or later.

  • Anonymous

I'd only consider this if we could unlock the bootloader then nuke and pave it to a proper Android custom ROM. Hell Huawei could even gain more positive results if they let this happen w/ dev edition Mate 30 Pros.

Plus I'd rather trust other Linux based mobile OSes than Harmony OS. Not because of prejudice, but it's just clutter than stretches the landscape too much.

  • Anonymous

ProJames-CHM, 04 Feb 2020Avoid Quickpic. It has been involved in many scandals since a co... moreI personally use modded version of it and don't connect it to Internet (behind a firewall) or use the cloud services. So doesn't matter, it's incredibly smooth. Have been using it as a gallery app for years. I remember how smooth it used to be compared to stock gallery apps on phones with less than 1gb RAM.

nah, gms is inferior

Anonymous, 03 Feb 2020Weak replacements IMO. Google maps = MAPS.ME (literally too ... moreAvoid Quickpic. It has been involved in many scandals since a company bought it from the XDA dev who made it.
https://www.xda-developers.com/quickpic-back-goo­gle-play-es-file-explorer-disappears/

  • Bratnikola

I don't need any of google services, but I need other apps. I wander if you can sideload any of them?

  • Anonymous

Never in history has a government (US) going after a business (Huawei) like this. Worst, all US has are accusations and no hard evidence, not to mention the accusations are weak at best.
US is a bully and US is doing this only because US can get away with it. Shameless hypocrites.

  • Philly TJ

Anonymous, 03 Feb 2020Weak replacements IMO. Google maps = MAPS.ME (literally too ... moreyou got any apps that would work with my Google Voice phone #?? as in i want to call and txt but instead of using Google Voice, i can use a 3rd party app???

It's already 2020 and you expect people to jump through hoops to use a smartphone. Do better gsmarena. Your bias with Huawei phones are reeking a mile away.

  • Anonymous

Philly TJ, 03 Feb 2020using non-Google Android is like driving a stick shift...or usin... moreYes , id say stick shift without any syncromesh 😄 , and imo even with google apps emui is a bit on the rough side .

  • Galeonero

I don't understand this kind of post, they say you can't have Google services and IF YOU CAN! Only Google Pay and the latest version of Netflix do not work. Because they don't make a post saying that if you can use the phone like any other ...

  • Anonymous

Tanase Adrian, 03 Feb 2020i don't use netflix on mobile device,if i want to see a movie i ... moreOne can just just install one of those streaming Apps and watch, Netflix, Amazon or anything else in one app.

  • Anonymous

Philly TJ, 03 Feb 2020using non-Google Android is like driving a stick shift...or usin... moreLol it's only on the first setup, once you get everything installed, you are on Auto mode brah.

  • Anonymous

Philly TJ, 03 Feb 2020I bought the Huawei Max from China this time last year with andr... moreWeak replacements IMO.

Google maps = MAPS.ME (literally too many out there).
Chrome = Puffin Browser.
Google Photos = Quickpic.
Youtube = YouTube Vanced with microG.
Gmail = Protonmail.

So, in the end, this device will only sell big in itd home market, where google services are banned, I think it id ok, ccp-huawei had a huge captive market there, chinese people HAVE to use only what ccp allows them to, fine, just fine

  • Philly TJ

Philly TJ, 03 Feb 2020I bought the Huawei Max from China this time last year with andr... moreusing non-Google Android is like driving a stick shift...or using Linux. you have to tinker with it and it's not for everyone...matter fact it's for the brave few.