The P40 Pro is the very latest flagship from Huawei and there’s certainly plenty of features that make it an attractive upgrade. Packed into this device is a silky-smooth 90Hz 6.58-inch screen, market-leading quad rear camera, huge battery and fast processor that also allows owners to access super-fast 5G data speeds.
That’s all very impressive but there is one glaring issue that could leave P30 Pro owners cautious about making the switch to this updated smartphone.
With the US trade ban still in full force and Huawei blocked from using Google, the P40 Pro has no access to any of the American tech firm’s apps or service.
This means you won’t find a single sign of Google Maps, Gmail, Google Photos and, most importantly, the app-filled Google Play Store.
In a bid to help its users, Huawei has launched its own application service called the App Gallery which aims to fix this digital nightmare but, as you’ll see from our full P40 Pro review, this is anything but perfect.
Huawei is clearly aware that some of its fans, especially those with a Google-packed P30 Pro, might not want to ditch what’s currently in their pocket in favour of the P40 Pro and the firm is now doing all it can to convince people to upgrade.
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Huawei Watch GT 2 is free with the P40 Pro
A quick trip to Huawei’s official store will find fans able to grab a tempting bundle which includes the P40 Pro plus a free Huawei Watch GT 2 in Sunset Orange and a PU protective case. This saves over £220 off the price of these gadgets with fans able to pick up the discount until May 12.
It’s worth noting that Huawei is only offering this bundle whilst stocks so you might need to be quick if you think this is something that is of interest.
As a quick reminder, the Watch GT 2 offers a two-week battery life and can monitor your daily activity levels along with sleep patterns.
Like all wearables, you’ll also get notifications from your phone sent straight to your wrist and you can even make calls Dick Tracey-style.
If you can get your hands on this bundle it clearly is a very tempting offer just be aware of the issues that not having Google on your phone might create.
There are, of course, ways around the block but with both Huawei and Google advising users not to sideload Google’s apps and services on devices, this isn’t something that’s recommended.
Explaining more, Google’s Tristan Ostrowski said: “On May 16, 2019, the US government placed Huawei on its Entity List. This government action prohibits all US companies, including Google, from collaborating with Huawei.
“This means that Google is prohibited from working with Huawei on new device models or providing Google’s apps including Gmail, Maps, YouTube, the Play Store and others for preload or download on these devices.
“Because of the government restrictions described above, new Huawei device models made available to the public after May 16, 2019 have not been able to go through this security process nor will they have Play Protect preloaded. As a result, they are considered “uncertified,” and will not be able to utilize Google’s apps and services.
“In addition, sideloaded Google apps will not work reliably because we do not allow these services to run on uncertified devices where security may be compromised. Sideloading Google’s apps also carries a high risk of installing an app that has been altered or tampered with in ways that can compromise user security.”