Google Will Continue To Support Existing Huawei Phones

Darnell Taylor
May 21, 2019

Huawei has been accused by the United States of working with the Chinese government, which is why allowing it to build the country's 5G network is considered a national security threat.

A Huawei phone, which will no longer have access to Google apps. Future phones would lose access to the Google Play store as well as apps like Gmail, according to Reuters.

"For Huawei users' questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent U.S. government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all U.S. gov't requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device". While this will not affect existing Huawei smartphones on the market, it does mean that they will not be receiving any security or OS updates until this issue is resolved.

Huawei has also made an official statement on the news: "Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world".

It's unknown how badly this will damage Huawei smartphone sales, but most consumers will be displeased to learn that if they buy a Huawei smartphone, they will be getting an inferior version of the Android operating system than they have been used to.

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This really is as bad as it sounds for Huawei and for Huawei phone users.

Google has blocked Chinese communications company Huawei from using apps on its phones, it has been reported.

Google said it is "reviewing the implications" of last week's order requiring export licenses for technology sales to Huawei. 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 U.S. government's ruling. If you now own a Huawei phone, you will still be able to access your third-party apps. The US is finally ready to show it has more than just bark and has started to push Huawei into a corner. Last year, Huawei sold almost half of its production of 208 million smart phones overseas and the rest in China. Most Google mobile apps are banned in China, where alternatives are offered by domestic competitors such as Tencent and Baidu.

Huawei is a rapidly expanding leader in 5G technology, and its smartphones outsold Apple's iPhones in the first quarter of this year, seizing the California company's second-place spot in a tightening smartphone market dominated by Samsung. If that happens, it will affect all major US tech companies since their hardware supply-chain is located in China.

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