Fair or not, the new White House administration restrictions
on US companies doing business with Huawei all of a sudden took an ominous turn as Google announced it will have to chop access to Android in compliance. Google says that "while" it is reviewing the requirements that Trump's admin imposed on them, Huawei phones will be getting Play store and security updates but it's not clear what happens after.
Huawei, in its turn, was quick to send us a boilerplate statement that all of its current phones and tablets that are in the hands of end users, as well as those that are in stock, can rest assured nothing bad will happen to their Android street cred:
Huawei has made significant contributions to the development and growth of Android worldwide, and as one of Android's global key partners, we have worked closely with their open source platform to develop an ecosystem that benefits both users and industry ,
Huawei will continue to provide security updates and services for all existing Huawei and Honor smartphones and tablets. This affects sold and stocked devices worldwide.
We will continue to work on developing a secure and sustainable software ecosystem to deliver the best possible user experience worldwide.
The Republican administration's move comes amidst an all-out trade war with China, and Huawei is turning out to be one of the biggest pawns in that game, much to the chagrin of those who wanted to purchase, say, a P30 Pro
Moreover, Huawei's phones started being acknowledged and liked by consumers globally, resulting a breakneck growth phase that catapulted it to the world's second largest phone maker, breathing down the neck of the top dog Samsung. As to what Huawei's options are at the moment, besides suing the US government and hoping that a US court will side with its case, it's not exactly clear.