The Huawei P40 has no Google apps
Due to the company’s on going spat with the US government, Huawei phones currently do not have access to Google Play Services. This means no Google maps, no Youtube and no Gmail or Chrome. This is no small Hurdle for the Chinese tech giant to overcome as most people have come to rely on these apps in some capacity throughout their daily lives.
Should you avoid the P40?
So, without the Google Play, is the P40 a bad investment? Not necessarily, Huawei is working diligently to stock it’s own App gallery with the apps we all know and love and many of them are already available. Snapchat, TikTok, Amazon and Addidas are just some of the big names to recently grace the Huawei App Gallery with many more promised. There is currently no support for Irish banking apps either which is a further blow to potential Irish customers which as this means you’ll have to fire up the laptop to find out how much you spent on Takeaway over the weekend.
Two major apps, Facebook and Whatsapp are not directly available through the App gallery, but they can be installed through your browser as an .apk file.
So while Huawei has certainly made significant progress, there’s still a long way to go. Huawei has stated they are working closely with developers to integrate more and more apps to it’s store so its likely we will see many more big names appear over time.
Is there no way to install Google Play Services?
And now we get to the crux of the issue. Why cant one simply install Google Play services themselves? Well, they can, although Google and Huawei both do not recommend it. If you want to install Google Play Services you can check out our guide to Install Google Play Services On The Huawei P40
For the price, the P40 is certainly an attractive option. It’s got a spec sheet to rival the heaviest hitters from Apple and Samsung at a much lower cost. The question you have to ask is if you’re willing to forego certain apps or venture into unknown territory and install Google services yourself.