Huawei’s status in the US has been pretty shaky for a little while now. US government signed an executive order into effect that added Huawei to effectively a blacklist of companies that are restricted from doing any business with any US company at all. It’s been worded a bunch of different ways but that’s basically what went down and now the implications from that have run far.
The biggest most obvious headline from this is Google. They’re a US company with whom Huawei does business with. When this executive order came out, in response, Google complied by stopping all business with Huawei and pulling their license to use Android. That wasn’t like a choice they made or a decision they had really. They’re just complying with the executive order.
Huawei is not allowed to do business with any company in the US. They can’t be sold any software or any licenses. Thus, they can’t use Android. This is, of course, terrible news Huawei which was the fastest-growing smartphone manufacturer in the world. They were almost going to take the number one spot.
The big question is what does this mean for the past and present and future Huawei devices. If you own a Huawei phone like a P30 Pro. They have been issued a 90-day exemption so they will be able to continue sending software updates and security updates to the existing Huawei phones for the next 90 days. This also includes the Honor brand which is actually a sub-brand of Huawei
Google tweeted from their Android account that while they comply with US government requirements, services like Google Play and security from GooglePlay protect they will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device for now.
These phones will most certainly stop getting software updates even if you are not in the US. Bloomberg has reported that Huawei has built up a 3-month stockpile of the parts they like to use ahead of this ban which is actually pretty impressive. But even if they did replace all of these Hardware suppliers with alternatives in the next 90 days the software is still the big question.
It’s hard to imagine a smartphone without the Android OS and Google Play services. Many have pointed out that they can use stock AOSP but that’s not ideal because even that is way different from the version that Google uses every day. That still doesn’t include things like Google services, Gmail and YouTube.
It is also speculated that Huawei is working on its own OS and its own App store which will reportedly support the Android Apps but the US apps like Spotify, Amazon, and Netflix won’t be available. Huawei has taken a huge setback from this and only time will tell how the tables shall turn.