Huawei responds to rumors, says P30 line and Mate 20 Pro will be updated to Android Q
Owners of Huawei handsets might not have had any restful sleep since the middle of May when the company lost access to its U.S. supply chain. Google has cut ties with the company, which would theoretically mean no more Android updates for its phones. When the U.S. government gave Huawei a limited 90-day reprieve, Google did so too saying that it would provide updates to Huawei phones through August 19th. Also last month, Google returned the Huawei Mate 20 Pro to the list of phones that are part of the Android Q beta program.
Huawei disseminated a tweet that mentioned the Mate 20 Pro's inclusion in the Android Q beta program and added that the current P30 line (Huawei P30, Huawei P30 Pro and Huawei P30 Lite) will also receive Android Q; the final version of the next Android build should be rolled out sometime in the third quarter of this year. The tweet also directed consumers to a web page called "Huawei Answers," that responds to rumors about the future of the company's smartphones.Today,
Huawei could see shipments drop by up to 60 million units this year
Addressing some of the rumors that have swirled around the manufacturer since the middle of last month, Huawei notes that its handsets and tablets will continue to receive security and software updates. The company says that Android won't be automatically uninstalled from its devices and that WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram can still be installed and used as normal. Huawei also points out that nothing has changed in terms of the functionality of its devices and the warranty that covers them. In addition, the company says that those performing a factory reset on one of its devices will not lose access to Android. And to refute rumors that it is leaving the smartphone business, Huawei says that it "...will continue to sell smartphones. Furthermore, we will continue to invest in research and development to deliver leading innovation and the best possible smartphone experience."
Huawei also posted a list of devices that it has asked Google to update to Android Q. The list includes:
- P30 Pro
- Mate 20
- Mate 20 Pro
- PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 20 RS
- P30 lite
- P smart 2019
- P smart+ 2019
- P smart Z
- Mate 20 X
- Mate 20 X (5G)
- P20 Pro
- Mate 10 Pro
- PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 10
- Mate 10
- Mate 20 Lite
Huawei is reportedly cutting shipments of the P30 line and is also cutting orders for the upcoming Mate 30 line. The firm shipped 206 million smartphones last year and 59 million in the first quarter of 2019. It hoped to top Samsung and become the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world next year. But Huawei now expects international shipments to drop 40% to 60% from the 100 million units it delivered outside of China last year. So the bottom line is that Huawei could see its deliveries decline by 40 to 60 million handsets in 2019.
To replace the Google Play services version of Android, Huawei's newer models will use its own Hongmeng operating system (aka ArkOS). Huawei also has its own app distribution platform called App Gallery. And once it eats through the year's worth of chips and components it stockpiled anticipating a ban, the company will need to find an open source architecture for its Kirin SoCs to replace the designs it had been licensing from ARM Holdings. Lastly, Huawei will need to find new companies outside the U.S. to sell it chip designing software. Obviously, the goal is to make the firm totally self-sufficient.