Today I want to turn briefly to the topic, which Google services can be used with the Huawei Mate 40 Pro despite the non-existent GMS and which not.
Which Google Apps work without problems
Google Chrome enjoys great popularity as a web browser. I personally use the browser only occasionally. Nevertheless, I installed it on the smartphone as an alternative to the Huawei browser, and it works perfectly in my eyes.
The installation is done via the Aurora Store. In my last article I briefly described how to get it and how it works. In principle, it provides all free apps from the Google Play Store, including Google’s own apps.
What does not work, however, is the login to Google. This can actually be used to synchronize for example visited pages or favorites on multiple devices. The button in the settings is displayed, but nothing happens when you press it. However, this will be the case with most, if not all Google Apps on Huawei. For the registration the not existing GMS are necessary.
Also Google Maps can be used with a current Huawei smartphone. Here, of course, the restriction applies again that a Login not possible is. However, if you only need the app for navigating and don’t want to remember destinations or even save "home" and "work", you can use Google Maps to its full extent. At this point one could also mention, that Google Maps can even be obtained via the Huawei AppGallery. So you don’t have to install an extra App Store for it.
I use Google Maps primarily for navigation, as the current traffic situation on the route is always displayed quite accurately and up-to-date. Of course, this also has a lot to do with the fact that Google receives and can evaluate data from a large number of users. This is often not given with other navigation systems. However, I have also tried Huawei’s alternative "Petal Map". The report about this will be in the next article.
The Google Translator – an app that was often underestimated by me. I mostly used the translator only in the browser, because I didn’t know how useful the app can be until the first time I used it. The app can not only translate simple inputs, but also perform live translation of a conversation, translate text using the camera or transcribe. The app also works fine on my Huawei Mate 40 Pro. The data for the offline translation can be downloaded without problems.
I probably don’t need to say much about Google PDF. It simply works. There are numerous PDF readers for smartphones and everyone has his own preference. Huawei also brings its own with Huawei Documents out of the box. The necessity lies here completely in the eye of the beholder.
There are certainly one or two other Google Apps, such as the Google Translator Google Authenticator, which works without GMS. For me, however, the ones listed up to here are the most significant ones.
So what do I have to do without?
In principle, you could say, must do without everything that has to log in directly to Google via the GMS. This includes such apps as:
- Google Drive
- Google PlayStore
- Google Play Music
- Google Play Games
- Google Pay
- Google Calendar
On Gmail must be waived only partially. For this purpose, Huawei provides a so-called QuickApp in the AppGallery. This basically opens the browser view of Gmail. There is then the registration possible and one can also retrieve and send mails. But for "proper" work I would go back to another mail app.
The Google Assistant is also not included on Huawei. This can also not be easily post-installed. The app can be downloaded from the Aurora Store, but it simply doesn’t serve any function. Huawei has its own voice assistant though AI Voice, which goes by the name "Celia. Huawei’s Celia can, at first glance, do everything that Google Assistant can do. More details can be found in my next article on the subject.
In conclusion, I can say that the available Google Apps are absolutely sufficient for me. Of course, my opinion is not representative of everyone who uses Google more intensively than I do. But since I’ve been away from Google Drive as a cloud for a long time and Google Calendar and Gmail have been replaced by other solutions, the "loss" of these apps has little meaning for me. However, if you depend on using these apps, I can only advise against switching to a smartphone without GMS.