Things have just turned a bit sour for Huawei, the world’s second-biggest smartphone manufacturer.
The Chinese company has been suspended to do business with companies like Google, Intel, Broadcom, Xilinx and Qualcomm, Reuters reveals. The news follows after U.S. Commerce Department added Huawei to its Entity List – meaning most of the companies mentioned above will need government approval to do any sort of business with Huawei.
So what does this mean for consumers?
This means new and old Huawei devices will not get any Android security updates including the P30 and P30 Pro.
Current devices will continue having access to services like Google Play, Gmail and security from Google Play Protect.
But in future could mean Huawei might have to start launching its devices globally (just like in China) without apps like Maps, Calendar, Gmail, Chrome, and most importantly, Google Play.
Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry.
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.
We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.
For Huawei users' questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all US gov't requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.
— Android (@Android) May 20, 2019