Google The U.S. tech giant has decided to stop licensing its Android operating system to the Chinese telecommunications firm, in order to comply with a U.S. trade blacklist.
It can however continue to use an open-source version of Android, but won’t be able to integrate key Google services like the Play app store.
This is what that means if you own a Huawei phone right now, or you are looking to buy one in the future!
Huawei will now lose access to Android updates. That’s pretty significant considering all Huawei phones operate on Android. The operating system powers more than 80% of the world’s smartphones.
Huawei’s new phones will also reportedly lose access to proprietary apps like the Google Play app store, Gmail and YouTube.
But Google said people with existing Huawei devices will still be able to use Google apps and download updates for them, But cannot update their Operating System.
Huawei said in a statement that it will “continue to provide security updates” to all of its existing phones. Meanwhile, there’s also talk of Huawei developing its own operating system for smartphones and computers
Huawei is yet to launch its latest flagship phone, the Huawei Mate X, which will be its first foray into the world of foldable phones.
The Shenzhen-based firm is the second-largest smartphone maker in the world, and the top globally when it comes to telecommunications equipment. But it’s been under intense pressure from Washington amid the U.S.-Sino trade battle.
Most recently, the President Donald Trump administration added Huawei to a trade blacklist that blocks it from buying U.S. technology without special approval. And Google hasn’t been the only company distancing itself from Huawei — top chipmakers Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom and Infineon have also reportedly cut ties with the firm.
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