Googles restriction forces Huawei to use open-source version of Android

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Google has reportedly suspended some of its business with Chinese tech giant Huawei after US President Donald Trump added Huawei to a US trading blacklist. Similarly, it is expected that future Huawei phones will not come with Google apps, such as Maps and YouTube.

Reuters reported that even though there has been some suspension, current Huawei smartphone users with Google apps will be able to use and download app updates from Google. The move could also prevent Huawei from updating its existing phones, as the updates can't be re-certified for Play Store access, risking the security of Huawei device owners. Responding to dramatic developments, Huawei in a limited response says that they will provide all security upgrades on all existing devices - Huawei and Honor smartphones and tablets. This implies that effective immediately, there will be no more Android security updates for new and old devices of Huawei including the P30 and P30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro, and a plethora of more devices.

If you own a Huawei or Honor device, you'll be fine for at least a year - providing the company's true to its word and sends out regular security updates.

Huawei still has access to the open source version of Android which doesn't include any proprietary apps and services from Google. Trump blacklisted Huawei, denying it access to domestic markets and restricting USA sales to the company.

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According to Bloomberg, chip companies including Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx, and Broadcom have told employees they will not supply the besieged company until further notice.

Android released this statement on Twitter today: "For Huawei users' questions regarding our steps to comply with the recent United States government actions: we assure you while we are complying with all U.S. government requirements, services like Google Play and security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing device".

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

The Chinese telecoms company found itself added to the Trump administration's blacklist late last week, a decision which could have a massive impact on smartphone and tablet sales outside of China.

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However, the withdrawal of the Android license could affect Huawei's smartphone business in more ways than that.

However, according to the Chinese company, the damage isn't one-sided.

Eventually, existing devices may be impacted, as they may lose access to updates to Android, including the update to Android Q coming soon.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Huawei declared: "Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world".

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