Google v Huawei hits millions of smartphone users breakingnews May 20,2019

Google v Huawei hits millions of smartphone users breakingnews May 20,2019

Huawei may be about to feel the sting from the Trump administration's move to block USA companies from doing business with the Chinese electronics giant.

It may be odd to think that Huawei could continue to manufacture Android smartphones after losing their official Android licence, but the operating system's code is actually open source.

Users that now own a Huawei smartphone will keep their Google access, so the Play store and updates should keep on rolling in. The company said it will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to owners of its smartphones and tablets. In the meantime, the statement added, Google Play services and Google Play Protect security protections will continue to work on existing Huawei phones.

"We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally".

Several US tech giants joined Google in suspending business with Huawei, including Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom and Xilinx, Bloomberg News reported, citing sources.


This 90-day general license is also good news for some smaller regional networks that rely on Huawei's infrastructure.

Google apps such as Gmail and Maps should remain functional on Huawei phones at least initially, another source told AFP.

An earlier report stated that Google will be blocking Huawei's access to hardware, software, and technical information.

Mere days before executing this order the U.S. Commerce Department announced that Huawei was one of the companies that presented a potential security risk to the country. If future Huawei phones do not come with Play, users may have to buy these apps again, which sounds awful. Last year, Mr Trump threatened another Chinese telecom company, ZTE, but relented.

This may restore standard Google apps and functionality to Huawei devices post-purchase, although it should be noted there may be numerous compatibility issues with the APKs and they will not be officially supported.


There have been growing fears stoked by the United States that Huawei telecom equipment was being used to spy on other countries after Xi Jinping became President of China.

The extent to which Huawei will be hurt by the US government's blacklist is not yet known as its global supply chain assesses the impact. But Google's curbs will hugely damage Huawei's global appeal.

Huawei has repeatedly denied all allegations its equipment could be used for espionage and ties to its native government beyond paying taxes, but the USA and Australia have both banned its equipment from use in their respective forthcoming 5G networks.

The Google loss was likely to cost Huawei all of its smartphone sales outside China as "device purchasing is now nearly entirely driven by the ecosystem", said another industry analyst, Richard Windsor.


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