Huawei’s New MatePad Would Be a True iPad Rival If Only It Had Google Apps

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Huawei’s New MatePad Would Be a True iPad Rival If Only It Had Google Apps
A photo of the Huawei MatePad Pro standing up on a desk in its keyboard Folio case
The Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 is a seriously gorgeous piece of hardware, despite its slightly plastic back.
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Huawei has had a bumpy road since it was banned from doing business with Google. It has shifted its devices away from Google’s Android and the Google Play Store and launched a homebrewed solution called HarmonyOS. It is, for all intents and purposes, Huawei’s version of Google’s Android. But despite it having all the same features and connectivity, it’s simply not the same Android without Google’s apps.

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It’s a bummer for the Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6, which is a seriously gorgeous piece of hardware. Unfortunately, the tablet isn’t available for sale in the U.S. because of the hardware ban, but Huawei sent over a MatePad Pro so I could dip my toes into HarmonyOS. It’s a capable operating system, but I couldn’t access most of the features I rely on throughout my day-to-day. The MatePad Pro is a great tablet otherwise, and it made me wish I could be overseas to get a real taste of what Huawei can do.