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Huawei crackdown

Huawei debuts first smartphone lacking Google's popular apps

Uncertainty looms for Chinese company's overseas sales as it unveils iPhone rival

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, launches the Mate 30 smartphone series at the Convention Center in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 19.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Huawei Technologies launched a flagship smartphone without Google's mobile services support for the first time on Thursday, after the partnership of more than 10 years was disrupted by Washington's blacklisting of the Chinese company.

Though the latest Mate 30 series -- Huawei's answer to Apple's new iPhones -- still may use the open-source Google Android operating system, it will lack popular services such as the Google Play app store, Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube.

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