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Samsung takes a dig at Huawei Mate 30 series for lacking Google services

Huawei has emerged as a major threat to Samsung’s smartphone dominance in the last couple of years. The Chinese company’s recent flagships have done exceedingly well in the market to be a cause of concern for Samsung. Right when Huawei was trying to make a mark in the Western markets, it has been hit with a debilitating US trade ban that bars American companies from doing any kind of business with the Chinese tech giant.

The biggest setback to Huawei from these restrictions is that it can no longer secure Google Mobile Services (GMS) license for its devices. Because of this, the company’s latest Mate 30 series lacks access to Google’s popular Android apps and services such as Play Store, YouTube, Maps, Search, etc, making its latest smartphones practically useless in markets outside China.

This is an unexpected opportunity for Samsung and, naturally, the company is taking advantage of it. When Huawei was unveiling the Mate 30 lineup in Munich yesterday, Samsung sent promotional emails in Spanish to its customers in Latin America taking a subtle dig at the Mate 30 series for lacking Google services.

The subject line reads “Disfruta de actualizaciones, apps y servicios Google,” which translates to “Enjoy updates, apps and Google services.” The email contains an image of a Galaxy Note 10 with app icons of various Google apps and services. Though there is no mention of Huawei or its devices anywhere, the timing of the email blast and Samsung’s track record in mocking rivals make the target obvious.

Samsung rarely touts its relationship with Google while marketing its devices, but given the situation Huawei is in, it has sensed an opportunity. The current situation will also help the Korean tech giant to retain its position as the world’s largest smartphone vendor in the foreseeable future.

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woody365
woody365

I think Samsung should make an android os smartwatch.

Beezeke1967
Beezeke1967

Yeah right, but Samsung lie about the YouTube premium promo on the S10. I don’t get 4 months Free but only one

warlockba
warlockba

Of course they did, like they did with removable battery … when they will need to do it, it is going to be a new “innovative trend” …
Remember the iPhone wall huger add? And now do they have removable batteries? It seems they forgot about that … when they sold “built in batteries” as innovation …
Hypocrisy at its best …

RufoNN
RufoNN

Samsung J10, J20, J30 … 5.9 inch phone is perfect for all android 10

Beezeke1967
Beezeke1967

Honestly i expect in the near future that the US search a new victim and in don’t hope it’s samsung. I a sure that the only reason from the boycot is protection from they’re own market. The US would boycot n the future alle brands from the eastern and they use Google as weapon.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

People seem to be forgetting why the ban happened in the the first place… And no, not jus because Trump doesn’t trust Huawei is spying on the US through their phones, that’s jus crazy Trump conspiracy. No, several 3rd party tests conducted on Huawei security found faults and ‘cut corners’ in their security, way back in 2011-2013. It’s 2019 and they still hadn’t fixed them – this is coming from the UK experts – so, why would anyone want a Huawei device?! samsung devices have been approved by a fair few governments as being trustful and protected devices. So, it… Read more »

CrAzYLiFe1
CrAzYLiFe1

… its not about the security.. the whole trade war thing where America is blocking buiness with China…

chiebai_13
chiebai_13

umm.. i don’t know which part of the planet you live in buddy.. but it is about security..

Gunter2
Gunter2

Actually no, it’s not necessarily part of the trade war. Huawei’s infrastructure was actually banned by Japan, Australia and New Zealand, before the US ban when they found data hidden collection packages in 5g firmware. The African business Association found that their Huawei servers were sending all their private communications back to a Shanghai server. Huawei said it was a “mistake” when it was caught. GData, the German cyber security agency found uninstallable malicious software embedded in Huawei firmware. Even if the trade war ends Huawei still may not access to some western markets. @Beezeeke1976, S. Korea is an ally… Read more »

pjm1
pjm1

I’m not sure lack of “google” Play Store, YouTube, Maps, Search, etc is a big deal, in fact not to have google spying on you might be a good thing. There are other app stores where you can get all the other non-google apps, and there are plenty of other mapping apps…

Gunter2
Gunter2

You can sideload apks of course, the problem is that those apks can be infected as they’re outside of Googles security control. And hackers will specifically target Huawei phones knowing the software isn’t as secure and will target Facebook accounts and others and more importantly, your banking apps. If people do take a chance on getting a P30 Pro, they should definitely not take the risk of doing any mobile banking, or use a side loaded Samsung Pay or Google Pay app. That’s just asking to be ripped off.

zlatan09
zlatan09

Stupid Samsung..it can easily happen to them. That is not a good news because that show it’s everything about politics. Companies need to ditch Android, US is not a good business partner.

regaber
regaber

South Korea is the US’ most important ally in Asia. Can’t compare with China. Samsung is safe.

Gunter2
Gunter2

Your lack of knowledge of the geopolitical reality is mind-boggling zlatan09. South Korea and the USA are strategic partners…..plus Samsung has tens of thousands of people working in US factories and research facilities. You might not be aware that Samsung USA has more employees in the USA than Apple or Google. Samsung Electronics have more employees than Microsoft, Apple and Google all put together. That’s just the electronics division, (same number of employees as 5 Googles put together). Samsung have 70 other businesses too from construction to ship building, aircraft engines, military equipment, and of course the well known TVs,… Read more »

Luk4shO
Luk4shO

What’s the problem here? Gapps can be sideloaded like on any other Android device so for most users I can’t really see this being a problem

Marian1235
Marian1235

Huawei Mate30 Pro: Rethink the lack of google apps

Gunter2
Gunter2

Just a bit of fun. Why not. I suppose nobody here saw who started the digging. It was Huawei! So this is a response from Samsung. It was only 12 days ago. Have a look at YouTube. “Huawei takes a dig at Samsung”. If you’re going to dig first, expect a response. Well done Samsung, definitely a better dig!!

VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

Ugh, here we go again with the tactic of shaming other companies that in the end backfires. I mean they could spend that time doing evening else, like *cough* updating S7 to Pie and S8 to Android 10 *cough* but nooo(!) instead they chose to be childish on publicity stunts that I can guarantee you not a single person in the planet will care.

chanchan05
chanchan05

Huawei drew first blood at taking jabs.

shezkhan123
shezkhan123

i am a samsung user but the they way huwaei was going they could have easily beat samsung in the competition in upcoming years
but lack of google services they wont

Gunter2
Gunter2

It was certainly a big blow to Huawei.

london2tim
london2tim

stupid – maybe they should focus their energy into updating their freaking devices – s10 still on August patch

cabbe86
cabbe86

Swedish s10 september so not true 😀

Adventurer86
Adventurer86

Proof?

pjm1
pjm1

Its your telco holding back the patches, not Samsung.

cabbe86
cabbe86

Unnecessary, to be rude at Huawei, not their fault only childish behaviour..

Gunter2
Gunter2

Samsung never took a swipe at Huawei before……. So, there’s a reason this time. If you want to talk about childish behaviour, take a look at Huawei’s 6th September YouTube video dig at Samsung. If someone digs at you, dig back. Huawei were stupid enough to walk right into that one. Lol. I imagine this will appear in many languages.