Google confirms Huawei users will still have access to some of its services

Google confirms Huawei users will still have access to some of its services
Huawei smartphone users who didn't follow the tech news over the weekend will probably have a shock, when they'll learn that Google is taking steps to prevent the Chinese company from getting Android updates and Google services on its phones.

Although the initial report claimed Huawei smartphone will no longer receive Android and apps updates via Google Play, as well as access to other Google service, it appears that things aren't that bad as we thought.

Google has just confirmed that while it's taking steps to comply with the recent US government actions, Huawei users will still have access to services like Google Play and security from Google Play Protect, as both will continue to work on existing devices.

Basically, this means that Huawei users will still be able to update their apps via Google Play Store, as well as download new apps whenever they want. Also, some of the most important Google services like Gmail, Google Maps, Search, and Google Assistant will continue to work on Huawei smartphones.

Even though it looks like Huawei will no longer have access to Android OS updates, the company's smartphones will still get security updates thanks to Google Play Protect, which is very important if you want your Huawei phone to be safe from malware.

Now, the tricky question is whether or not future Huawei smartphones will still come with Google Play Store and other Google apps pre-installed, since the US company said that these will “keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.”

It's true that Huawei smartphones are far from being popular in the United States sales-wise, but to prevent the world's number two smartphone vendor from getting Android OS updates on its devices will most certainly affect the company globally.

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10 Comments

1. AbhiD

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

If this is not part of pressure tactics by Trump to secure a trade deal than Huawei's goose is cooked. They are done. No amount of sideloading apps or own OS are going to help them. Average joe out there (90%+ people) don't like such hassles. As for Huawei and China fanboys who defend them saying Apple is threatened by Huawei and that's the reason, care to explain who was being threatened when YouTube, Facebook, Google, Instagram, WhatsApp, Dropbox, Twitter, Tumblr, Wikipedia etc were banned in China? Had the earlier US presidents had some balls, China's goose would have been cooked that time only. They kept going soft on China while it kept on doing Harakiri. Now someone is giving back just 1% in return, they have already started crying and soon will even buckle down.

4. mootu

Posts: 1537; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

It's nothing to do with Huawei threatening Apple and all to do with who controls 5G. The whole world will be running on 5G in 5 to 10 years time and the US don't want the Chinese to be the dominant force there. This Google ban doesn't hurt the Chinese consumer in any way, they don't use Google services. The ones that are being hurt by it are Huawei's European customers who are supposed to be the US's allies, this will just turn more Europeans against the US. Most Europeans are already getting sick of Trumps bully boy tactics.

6. chromoid

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

"As for Huawei and China fanboys who defend them saying Apple is threatened by Huawei and that's the reason, care to explain who was being threatened when YouTube, Facebook, Google, Instagram, WhatsApp, Dropbox, Twitter, Tumblr, Wikipedia etc were banned in China?" The first part of this doesn't relate to the second part. why anyone would continue reading or even consider anything you would say. You can't even construct a simple argument

8. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Oh boy, you're such a hypocrite. So Huawei fanboys are China fanboys, so what does that make of the number one OnePlus fanboy like yourself? In case you missed it, OnePlus are also Chinese.

2. samgsam

Posts: 149; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

America is s**t scared of Huawei beating Apple in every aspect. Not just Huawei but other Chinese companies are also performing better than American companies.

3. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

Trump has forgot how much more American companies are dependent on China. And China makes a move then It will be catastrophic for the consumers world wide .

5. mootu

Posts: 1537; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

The whole tech world is dependant on China. The Chinese sit on top of 95% of the worlds rare earth mineral deposits which are essential for every electronic device made, if this develops into a full blown trade war (very possible) then China may ban the export of rare earth minerals to US companies, for security reasons of course. This would end all micro processor manufacture and be the end of the firms such as Qualcomm, Apple, Intel, Amd, Broadcomm etc.

11. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

There is abundant rare earth in the US too. It's just that US's policy has always been to deplete other countries resources first before they start to use their own just like with oil. Also extracting rare earth is very environmentally damaging, which is the main reason the US have been buying them from China instead of mining it themselves. If China halts rare earth exports to the US, it will definitely cripple US silicon businesses initially but not for very long.

9. Ranger

Posts: 1; Member since: May 20, 2019

Instead of stopping future updates, Google can send stock android updates directly to the users without the interference of Huawei. If the updates are stopped, most of the existing customers will mis the chance to enjoy updates. Atleast the users should be asked for a choice to opt for stock android updates from google.

10. gunnerrr

Posts: 6; Member since: May 16, 2018

mr trumb and usa you will lose to china .. huwaei is ready for this and they were know about google thing before you even thimk about it . i wil getting my p30 pro next week and im not worried , future is for china

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