Due to the restriction carried out by the USA, it is questionable whether Android on Huawei devices will still be available. The same goes for Google Play services. Here are the official statements of all parties, including Huawei and Google.
After Donald Trump signed an order to ban foreign telecommunications companies from using the US, Huawei was in serious trouble. Not only is it prohibited to use them on American soil, but it also prohibits any type of cooperation. Of course, they claim they did this in order to combat spyware.
Google and Huawei
This entails many consequences, and one of them is also the prohibition of using the Google Play service. This includes the Google Play Store, Gmail, or any other non-open source service. Since the Android platform is actually an open source, Google isn’t able to prohibit anyone from using it, including Huawei, at the request of the US government. What they can ban is other things such as WebView, Play Protect, Play Games, and so on.
We all know that these services are part of the Google Play Services framework, which, believe it or not, is not an open source. Perhaps you’ve had the opportunity to notice that the WebView service is being updated through the Google Play Store. Due to restrictions, Huawei phones will soon be able to do as well as many other things.
So, the Android platform itself isn’t so useful if it doesn’t go with Google Play services. The US government ban has created a huge problem for both Huawei and the phone owners of that brand.
However, Huawei in the official statement assures us that existing Huawei phones, as well as those coming out, will receive security updates. Huawei also notes that it will seek to build a secure and, above all, sustainable software ecosystem for all its users, both existing and future.
Following is their official statement in full:
Huawei About Android On Huawei Phones
“Huawei has significantly contributed to the growth and development of Android systems around the world. As one of the key global partners of Android, we have worked closely with their open source platform to develop an ecosystem that would benefit both users and industry.
Huawei will continue to deliver post-sales services and security updates to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphones and tablets that are sold or are still in stock globally.
We will continue to build a secure and sustainable software ecosystem in order to provide the best experience for all users around the world. “
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“We comply with the request and monitor the further development of the situation. For users of our services, Google Play and Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices.”
“To all Huawei users, regarding the further steps we will take regarding the recent decision of the US government: We assure you that while we comply with all US government requirements, services such as Google Play and Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices .
We are at your disposal for any additional questions. “
All this also applies to the Honor sub-brand, which has launched the new Honor 20 series in London on the May 21.
Bear in mind the rumours that Huawei is building its own operating system. We assume that there was some information or a hint that something like this could happen.
As far as the Chinese government is concerned, they said that they carefully looked at the situation and that they would react soon in accordance with the development of events.
Also, there are speculations that Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom and Xilinx joined Google on the restriction. For now, this is only speculation, nothing official. However, one of the larger portals, such as the Android Authority, reports that the employees of these companies have been notified that they will no longer cooperate with Huawei.
What Really Happened?
In short, the US government “banned” Huawei, and all companies operating in the territory of the USA must do the same. Therefore, Huawei and Honor phones can’t use Google Play services.
This means that the previous Huawei and Honor phones will not be affected by this decision, at least not instantaneously. The question is what will happen with upgrades as Android relies heavily on Google Play services. What is certain is that all will work normally – until further notice.
This applies to all Huawei devices powered by Android, not just phones, as well as Honor devices.
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