Huawei reversal: bootloader to stay locked on Mate 30 line

Joanna Estrada
September 23, 2019

Huawei finally announced the Mate30 series last week and Australians are confirmed to be getting the Mate30 Pro model some time this year. Due to the Trump ban, Huawei can't trade with the U.S. companies which include Google as well. That, however, requires unlocking the phone's bootloader, something that most OEMs don't let their users do for security and proprietary reasons.

While great news for enthusiasts, it's still not great for consumers, and given how many Android users rely - to some degree - on Google's apps and services to make their smartphones useful, many are predicting the Mate 30 Pro won't sell as well as its predecessors.

The bootloader on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro will not be unlocked as originally stated- Huawei reversal bootloader to stay locked on Mate 30 line
The bootloader on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro will not be unlocked as originally stated

Of course, unlocking the bootloader and flashing a custom ROM isn't required for Google Play services to be sideloaded - the Play Store can be installed on the Amazon Fire tablets and other devices without modifying the stock OS. But this time we will leave more freedom for the consumers so they can do more customization by themselves. This text was accompanied with icons of YouTube, Maps, Google Photos, Google Play, Drive, Chrome and Search, indicating that these Google apps won't work on any of the Mate 30 series smartphones.

But a Huawei spokesperson later confirmed to Android Authority it actually had no plans to unlock the bootloader, contrary to Yu's comments, meaning it's likely to be incredibly complex to get Google apps on the device. Since most phone manufacturers do not want to see their customers doing this, and because it could open a Pandora's Box of problems, unlocking the bootloader will usually void the warranty on a phone. If the bootloader was unlocked on Huawei devices, it means those who wanted to load Android 10, for example, could do so much easier.

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