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Here’s what the Google block means for Huawei users

by Peter Smyth Tech Journalist
20th May 19 2:41 pm

Due to President Donald Trump’s executive order last week Google has now restricted Huawei’s access to part of the Android operating system.

This is casting severe doubts over the Chinese company’s smartphones.

The executive order to restrict Huawei’s access to the Android operating system will also affect tablets.

Existing Huawei devices will still be supported by both Google and Huawei, meaning smartphones will continue to function normally, with users still being able to update apps and parts of Google Play Services.

On future Huawei devices apps such as Google Maps and You Tube and security updates may not be available.

When Google launches the next Android version later in 2019, it is unlikely to be made available on Huawei devices.

As a result, the tech firm could build their own operating system or use the basic version of Android using their existing open source licence.

Huawei also has a range of laptops and it is currently unclear how they will run on Microsoft’s Windows 10, which will also be affected as Microsoft are a US company and bound by the executive order.

The US has taken a hard line stance and Huawei’s devices are effectively banned from the US, and the US has urged the UK to also ban the firm of be cut off from intelligence over the “unacceptable risk” they pose.

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