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No More Android Updates for Huawei & Honor Smartphones

Huawei has been in a tussle with the US government from the last few years. Recently, the company is also added to US trade blacklist. Now, the US companies including Google, Qualcomm, and Intel are cutting ties with the Chinese technology behemoth. On the other hand, Huawei says the impact of this will be limited and it also mentioned having a backup plan. The company can’t use services from any US company until the ban is in place. When it happened to ZTE last year, the company was forced to shut down its global operations.

Google cutting ties with Huawei might make a big dent in the company’s smartphone market share. While the existing Huawei and Honor smartphones will still have access to Google Play Services, there is no confirmation about these devices receiving monthly security patch update. Even the major Android updates including the upcoming Android Q might not be coming to the Huawei and Honor smartphones. Without official Android support, the Huawei’s EMUI will be on the same level as custom ROMs which aren’t that secured.

Even the upcoming smartphones (might also include Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro) won’t have access to Play Store and won’t be officially certified by Google. As of now, Huawei and Honor smartphones can only have access to Google services, which are part of the AOSP (Android Open Source Project). Even with all these restrictions, there won’t be any difference how the company operates in the Chinese market where Google services are already banned. The growth in internal markets will be key for Huawei to become the No.1 smartphone brand by 2020.

We don’t think the company will be able to achieve its goal without the support from US companies. Huawei is already banned from participating in building 5G infrastructure in the US and Australia. The US government is also forcing its allies including the key European countries to do the same. The longer the duration of the ban, the more it hurts the Chinese company. Stay tuned on Phone Radar for more details!

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