Huawei and Honor smartphones are going to lose access to the Android operating system and popular Google apps. The move comes after the US government put Huawei in a blacklist which forbids the American firms from doing business with the Chinese giant.
Huawei spokesperson said to The Mobile Indian, “We will share a statement shortly and have nothing say at the moment.”
Google, on the other hand, said in a statement, “complying with the order and reviewing the implications”.
Right now it is not clear if the development will impact old Huawei and Honor smartphones as well but as per a report by Reuters where they have quoted Google spokesperson confirmed that “Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices.”
Huawei will now be forced to use the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which doesn’t give access to critical Google apps and services that consumers outside of China expect on Android devices. Popular apps such as Gmail, YouTube and Map will not available on Honor devices is this ban continues.
Huawei was expecting this move because their chief executive Ren Zhengfei told Japanese media on Saturday, “We have already been preparing for this.”
The move might put brakes on the growth of Huawei consumer business as smartphone buyers might be sceptical about purchasing a smartphone will not get security updates from Google and access to play store. Also, this might help Samsung to further consolidate its position in the smartphone space.
If this stalemate continues without a proper explanation from the parties involved- US Government, Google and Huawei, Consumers will be at the suffering end for no fault of theirs. It is a developing story and we will update it regularly.