Yesterday, it was reported that Huawei was no longer welcome to use Google’s Android operating system (the version of Android that comes with Google’s services as treated distinct from AOSP which Huawei or anyone can still use) due to the US Government restricting trade with the firm last week.
Today, both Google and Huawei have released statements confirming the ban.
Google said via Twitter:
For Huawei users’ questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all US gov’t requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.
On its part, Huawei reassured customers that they will continue to get after sales support:
Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products covering those have been sold or still in stock globally. We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.
Note that while both companies promise security updates, neither broaches the topic of Android updates.
As per Reuters’ report, Huawei devices will be blocked from Android Updates like the Q update going forward. Unless Huawei manages to resolve the issue with the US government by working to mitigate any security concerns, the firm’s smartphone business may be done for.
While the trade war exists between both the US and China, Huawei’s customer base spans far and wide. Chinese users don’t have access to Google and may simply not care, but the firm has risen to become one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in Europe on the strength of Google’s platform.