Google has terminated Huawei’s Android license after the U.S. government blacklisted the Chinese multinational tech company. This means that future Huawei smartphones and tablets will not get Android and critical Google apps.
Google Spares Existing Huawei Devices
Users of the current Huawei smartphones will continue to enjoy products of Android. They will still have access to Google Play Store and security protections which are available in Google Play Protect. Some important apps like Gmail, Chrome and YouTube will also not be affected, and users will still access their updates.
Open Source License also Available to Huawei
The Alphabet Inc’s firm also doesn’t restrict Huawei from using the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This version is free to anyone, and the phone maker can use its own update system to push updates to the devices from AOSP.
The Chinese company believes that the ban is unfair given that they have contributed a lot to the growth of Android globally. The company has also worked closely with AOSP to develop a platform that benefits users and entire industry.
In addition, Huawei has assured its customers that it will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing smartphones and tablets, including those from the subsidiary brand – Honor. These updates and services will also be available to devices that are still in stock globally.
Huawei to Launch its own Operating System?
Well, the company has been developing its own operating system, and is actually in use in China – although in a limited form. When giving its response to the ban, the company also stressed the idea of continuing to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.
Other U.S. Companies Cutting Off Huawei
According to reliable sources, chipmakers like Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc., Xilinx Inc and Broadcom Inc. have complied with the U.S. government to blacklist Huawei and will no longer offer supplies to the Chinese company.
Can the Ban be Lifted?
Yes, a resolution in the US-China trade war can assure Huawei of the terminated Google’s hardware, software and technical services. Huawei can also try to get approval from the U.S. government in order to start buying the technology again. In addition, the government and Google are reviewing the implications of the ban and can consider scaling back the Android restrictions on Huawei – so there is some hope for the phone maker and its customers.
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