Huawei Statement Inspires Confidence Among New and Existing Android Customers

Huawei Statement Inspires Confidence Among New and Existing Android Customers

Huawei's statement comes after pressure from the Trump administration forced Silicon Valley firms to comply with a blacklisting of the Chinese company announced last week. However, Huawei will still be able to access an open source version of the Android OS.

Given we're not expecting the next flagship phone, the Huawei Mate 30, until later in the year, this lifting doesn't relieve fears that the brand will struggle without having full access to the Android operating system.

The source told Reuters that Huawei will be limited to only accessing the open source public version of the Android operating system and will no longer have access to the proprietary apps and services from Google. The company said it will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to owners of its smartphones and tablets.

Huawei has issued a statement saying it would continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei smartphone and tablet products that it had sold or that it held in stock.

Update #3: May 20, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. ET: The U.S. Commerce Department has created a temporary 90-day license that restores Huawei's ability to provide software updates to existing Huawei handsets. Future phones would lose access to the Google Play store as well as apps like Gmail, according to Reuters.

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Spokespeople for neither Google nor Huawei immediately returned a request for comment about the report. The company provides equipment to major carriers around the world containing U.S. components, and obtaining a licence would involve having to demonstrate the exchange would not harm USA national security, which is likely to be hard. The last Huawei phone to officially launch in the USA was the Mate 10 Pro in early 2018, though the more recent Huawei P30 Pro is available unlocked from some us retailers if you buy the Latin American version of the phone.

Huawei have reportedly started to develop an alternative operating system, but it is unclear as to when this will be available, or how the move would go down with users of their devices.

Suffice to say the next few days will be interesting for Huawei and any news is likely to send shock waves through the mobile world on a global scale.

Huawei is a rapidly expanding leader in 5G technology but remains dependent on foreign suppliers.

Ben Wood, from the CCS Insight consultancy, said the move by Google would have "big implications for Huawei's consumer business". Naturally, as we cover all of Huawei's major new technology releases, T3 will be following this story closely, so be sure to check back in soon for any new developments.

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