By Motlagae Konyana
Huawei has lost access to Google’s software Android. Google suspended business with Huawei after the U.S government instituted a ban preventing companies from doing business with Huawei. Google is complying with the order from the U.S government.
The Chinese technology giant Huawei overtook Apple in the second quarter of 2018 to become the world’s second largest manufacturer in the global smartphone market . Huawei relies heavily on Google’s Android operating system for its devices.
What does this mean for Huawei users?
“We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally. 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,” Huawei South Africa revealed in a statement.
Huawei phones not affected by the Google ban
- Huawei P30: P30 Pro, P30, P30 Lite
- Huawei P Smart
- Huawei Mate 20: Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, Mate 20 Lite, Mate 20 X
- Huawei P20: P20 Pro, P20, P20 Lite
- Huawei Mate 10: Mate 10 Pro, Mate 10, Mate 10 Lite
- Huawei P10: P10 Plus, P10, P10 Lite
While the Android operating system is open source and publicly available, Huawei will no longer be able to access proprietary apps and services from Google. However, Huawei users will still have access to operating system on open source. Existing Huawei devices will be the same, but will not have access to updates. These changes will further affect new models of Huawei, as these devices will have no access to the Google play store, Gmail – and other Google apps.