Huawei to continue Android support

Kelley Robertson
May 21, 2019

A Huawei phone, which will no longer have access to Google apps.

Google have announced that they will restrict the use of their Android operating system on Huawei phones, but what does that mean exactly? This means it won't be allowed to use Google Play services, or proprietary apps like Gmail and Google maps for its upcoming phones.

He wrote: "Other nations must not make the mistake of thinking President Trump's recent executive order banning companies like Huawei from United States networks is merely an afterthought of the trade war".

"We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications", a Google spokesperson confirmed to Pocket-lint.

That's not going to impact Huawei's ability to use the Android operating system on its phone, as that's part of an open source license.

Lu Kang from the Chinese foreign ministry says his country will take measures to make sure its businesses' rights are safeguarded.

Google has confirmed that Google play store will keep functioning for those who are now owning the existing devices of Huawei.

Experts believe that the move may have a significant impact on Huawei.

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.

By now you must have read about the recent blow receive by Huawei - the world's second largest smartphone manufacturer. But, if you were thinking of picking up the latest P30 Pro or any other Huawei devices, you might want to wait until the smoke clears, or look for alternatives. Some Google services, including Google Play and security software will still function on existing Huawei smartphones.

Naturally, all of this has Huawei owners anxious.

On Thursday, the U.S. Commerce Department added Huawei and 68 entities to an export blacklist that makes it almost impossible for the Chinese company to purchase goods made in the United States.

When it comes to hardware, Huawei relies heavily on American suppliers to provide chips for their servers and laptops.

'The products we have sold and now sell will not be affected. Shares of U.S. semiconductor firms, which rely heavily on sales to Chinese firms including Huawei, continued to lead losses on Wall Street Monday.

It's been known that Huawei has been working on its own in-house operating system, an OS that Huawei could use to replace Android on its range of devices.

Software developers might feel compelled to offer a Huawei-specific version of their apps.

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