Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Huawei Google BAN - How shocking new Android smartphone block will affect YOU

Huawei Google BAN - How shocking new Android smartphone block will affect YOU

Huawei is one of a number of phone manufacturers who use the Google-developed Android operating systems on its phones and tablets.

On May 16, the U.S. Department of Commerce added Huawei and its affiliates to the BIS Entity List. And though existing Huawei users can still download popular Google apps through the Google Play store, they won't be available on future Huawei handsets. In a comment to Reuters, a spokesperson for Google said, "Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices." .

Because of this ban, Huawei will be able to use only the public version of Android - Android Open Source Project (AOSP) - for its current and upcoming devices.

The shocking development has come after the Trump administration added Huawei to a list of companies that American firms can not trade with unless they have a licence.

After declaring a national emergency, big names in the USA tech industry have started to comply with the government's ban on doing business with "foreign adversaries", namely China's Huawei Technologies Co, the world's largest provider of networking equipment and No.2 smartphone maker. One caveat: it's conceivable that Huawei already has licencing deals in place for the Mate 30 range and the Mate X to run an official version of Android, in which case those devices will at least ship with Android 9 Pie, but it's not known whether those deals are in place and, if so, whether they will be affected by the USA government's ruling. Trump blacklisted Huawei, denying it access to domestic markets and restricting United States sales to the company. Also, Huawei is also working on its own operating system in a move to future proof their devices. Functionally, the revoked Android license means delayed Google updates and, for Huawei's future devices, no access to apps like Gmail or the Play Store.

The suspension could hobble Huawei's smartphone business outside China as the tech giant will immediately lose access to updates to Google's Android operating system.

"Huawei will not lose access to Android itself, which is open source, but Android devices outside of China must offer access to Google services in order to have any prospect of being sold", Windsor added.

For now, it's not clear if Huawei's Windows 10 PCs will stop receiving major Windows 10 updates, or if Microsoft will stop selling Windows 10 licenses to Huawei.

However, the loss of access to YouTube, Gmail, Chrome, and other popular apps could have a devastating effect on users in the Western markets where Huawei operates.

Huawei's European business, its second-biggest market, could be hit as it licences these services from Google in Europe.

Suffice to say the next few days will be interesting for Huawei and any news is likely to send shock waves through the mobile world on a global scale.

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