No Google apps on Huawei's new smartphone

Huawei's new flagship smartphones are powered by its own version of the Android operating system. But they lack G-Mail, Youtube, Maps or any other Google apps. The Chinese company says US export sanctions are the reason the 5G devices lack full Android support.

Huawei officials introduced the Mate 30 series in Munich, Germany, on Thursday. The devices run on an open-source version of Android.

The CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, Richard Yu, said the US move to blacklist the company blocked the phones from getting access to Google's app-downloading service.

The US government has banned American companies from doing business with Huawei without permission, citing national security concerns.

The Chinese firm sold 200 million smartphones around the world last year.

The lack of Google-licensed apps could put Huawei's devices at a disadvantage against rivals, impacting sales in overseas markets.