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Huawei launches new phone with own version of Android

Mate 30 series smartphone counter US export sanctions.


MUNICH — Huawei is launching a new flagship smartphone that will run on the Chinese tech giant’s own version of Google’s Android operating system because of US export sanctions.

The Chinese tech giant unveiled the Mate 30 series of phones at an event in Munich, Germany on Sept. 19.

The device wasn’t expected to come with popular Google apps such as Chrome, YouTube, Gmail or the Google Play Store, limiting its appeal to consumers.

Huawei, the world’s second-biggest smartphone maker, is fighting to save its business after the Trump administration blocked access to US components and technology in May on national security grounds.

Washington has issued temporary exemptions that let Huawei maintain software for existing devices, but they don’t cover new products such as the Mate 30.

 

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