Google Has Restricted The Use Of Android On Huawei Smartphones

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, Weird
Published 20.05.19
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Tech giant Google has restricted the use of Android on new Huawei smartphone models.

The move comes after the Trump administration cracked down on US companies trading with Chinese tech firms without the necessary permit.

With that, apps like YouTube, Gmail, Google Photos and more will not be available on new Huawei models. They still work in perfect order with other Android-using phone brands, such as South Korea’s Samsung and LG, and Japan’s Sony, but Huawei use is heavily limited.

It’s unclear how existing Huawei models will be affected, with many suspecting that they will not be able to receive new software updates, courtesy of Google. With that said, Reuters report that current Huawei will remain unaffected.

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A Google spokesperson spoke to Reuters, saying:

We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications.

For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices.

This likely means that future Huawei models will have to reply on an operating system known as Android Open Source Project; this is similar to normal Android, but doesn’t include Google apps such as Gmail, Google Maps, Google Photos and YouTube.

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The BBC reports that Huawei chief executive Ren Zhengfei told responded to the news with:

We have already been preparing for this.

We have not done anything which violates the law.

Meanwhile, the Chinese tech company released a statement that responds directly to Trump’s decision to block their use in America. They said:

Restricting Huawei from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger; instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior yet more expensive alternatives, leaving the US lagging behind in 5G deployment, and eventually harming the interests of US companies and consumers.

In addition, unreasonable restrictions will infringe upon Huawei’s rights and raise other serious legal issues.

It’ll be interesting to see how this develops.

Images via Huawei, Google, Getty

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