Google has limited the use of its Android operating system on Huawei phones after the US government blacklisted Huawei — which it accuses of aiding Beijing in espionage — and threatened to cut it off from the U.S. software and semiconductors it needs to make its products.
Huawei, as we all know is the world’s second largest smartphones manufacturer after Samsung and the company has long relied on Google’s Android operating system to run its smartphones and tablets.
Having been banned by Google, new Hauwei devices will not be able to use any Google app (including core apps), and existing devices will no longer receive Android OS updates.
However, since Android is Open source, Hauwei can still continue to use updates to the public release of the Android OS to continue development of its smartphones and tablets, but they’ll be restricted to Google core apps and services.
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This simply means that existing Huawei phones won’t be immediately impacted by the decision.
Following the ban, other tech giant including Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc., Xilinx Inc. and Broadcom Inc. have told their employees they won’t be supplying Huawei till further notice, Bloomberg reported.
While the story is still building up, the question remains, what is the fate of Huawei Android phones?