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One of the world’s most popular and fast-growing smartphone manufacturers just got off from Google services and the future is looking sketchy, to say the least for Huawei.
Caught up in the trade war between the United States and China, Huawei’s future models will lose access to Google Android OS, Google Play Store, and the various other services that come along with that.
Though some people are pointing out that Android is an “open source” OS, it has become increasingly specialized and reliant upon Google services in the past several years to the point that Android without access to Google services is quite a hobbled OS for a smartphone.
A rep for Google told Reuters that, “For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices…Huawei will only be able to use the public version of Android and will not be able to get access to proprietary apps and services from Google.”
For their part, Huawei seems to have anticipated these moves, securing chips from Intel, Qualcomm and the like before they, too, joined Google in cutting the company off from its supply lines.
In a statement, Huawei said: “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.”
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