Google revokes Huawei’s Android licence amid the US-China trade war

huaweiFollowing the US crackdown on Chinese technology companies, Google has cut off Huawei’s Android licence. Huawei is currently the most popular phone in South Africa.

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The White House sanctions look set to deal a massive blow to Huawei as Google have now revealed how the trade restrictions will impact on current and future Android customers of the Chinese hardware giant.

There are good news and bad news for people who already have Huawei phones. And the future looks very bad for anyone who had their heart set on one of the many exciting handsets Huawei has lined up for release this year.

The Android operating system that powers the majority of smartphones on the planet belongs to Google but is essentially free to use. Regardless of what Google decides, Huawei will still have the option of running Android on its phones.

It will, however, mean that should Google comply with the US sanctions, Huawei could lose access to updates to the operating system.

The risk to Huawei customers

For existing users, this will be the primary concern as their phones will become increasingly susceptible to attacks the longer they go without security updates.

Everything else on their phones should continue to work as usual, though. As for the company’s future products, that’s where things start looking bleak.

Future Android-based Huawei phones won’t be able to ship with Google Play and Google Play Protect. This will mean that users will lose access to the Android app store, including apps like Google Maps and Youtube,

It’s been a poorly kept secret for years now that Huawei has been developing their own operating system for just such an eventuality. How they would compete without Google’s ecosystem is another matter altogether.

Huawei sells nearly half of its handsets in China, where most of these Google products are banned anyway. So any switchover is more likely to hurt the manufacturer’s meteoric expansion. It will alsobring an end to their pursuit of Samsung for market share.

Huawei under pressure from Trump

Huawei has been under pressure from the US Government. President Donald Trump fears that the company’s equipment could be used by the Chinese government to spy on US networks.

The war against Huawei continues. This despite the company maintaining that it’s not possible for the Chinese government to “poison its equipment with backdoors.”

Still unclear how it will affect South African customers

Many South African users could get caught in the crossfire. Huawei has greatly expanded its customer base in the SA market. This is mostly due to the company’s affordable prices and reliable handset design.

However, the company has vowed to support devices. They will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to existing clients. The company said in a statement:

Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally.

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