Google Blocks Android From Huawei. Here's What That Means For Your Phone

Google Blocks Android From Huawei. Here's What That Means For Your Phone

After the Trump administration's moves last week to restrict the Chinese company's ability to work with us -based suppliers, Google suspended Huawei's Android license - a move that would make it impossible for Huawei-built phones to get software and security updates while also cutting off access to Google-built apps like Gmail and services like the Google Play store. But it seems like the same USA restrictions that would prevent Google from doing business with Huawei would also block US -based app makers from offering their wares through Huawei's devices.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 ― On Sunday, the technology world was shocked with news that Huawei was denied access to some of Google's services including receiving updates for Android, access to Google apps and the Google Play Store.

Huawei is still "far from ready" from launching its own operating system, according to a report.

"Keeping phones up to date and secure is in everyone's best interests and this temporary license allows us to continue to provide software updates and security patches to existing models for the next 90 days", a Google spokesperson told CNBC. The 90-day waiver eases restrictions into August, but what happens after that is anybody's guess.

"[The U.S.] is showing China and the world that the U.S. government controls Google".

"Huawei is becoming the victim of bullying by the US administration". "If [barring Huawei from using Android] really happens, it will open new opportunities for brands like Samsung", said Anshul Gupta, research director at U.S. researcher Gartner.

Those who already have Huawei smartphones will still be able to update apps and push through security fixes, but that hasn't stopped anxious Huawei owners from selling off their smartphones after Google's decision. To get those back, Huawei phone owners and fans will have to hope for a resolution in the US-China trade dispute, which has been the trigger for Huawei's current blacklisting by the US government. Among the items include Google technical support and software such as Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps apps. The operating system is made to be compatible with Huawei's smart devices, ranging from tablet devices to personal computers.

We know that the US President has a personal endeavour to impede China's march to become a bonafide global superpower. If things escalate and Huawei and the U.S. are unable to reach an agreement, there may be repercussions for United States original equipment makers (OEMs) in China. Well if the restrictions succeed in stopping Huawei from manufacturing Android smartphones, realistically speaking, we would just move to the next available option either from Samsung or even Apple.



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