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Huawei To Lose Access To Google Updates

Huawei are set to lose access to some Google updates, as the US add Huawei to a "Do not trade" blacklist. Updated 21/05/2019.

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BBC News are reporting that Google may limit or restrict access to Android, Android Apps, and other Google services, due to the US adding Huawei and affiliates to a trade blacklist, in the continued US trade war with China. Huawei are the world's second biggest smartphone maker, and also produce Honor smartphones. 


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Existing smartphones, such as the Huawei P30 Pro, P30, and P30 Lite, should not be affected, and will still be able to get security updates and updated apps, but future phones will most likely lose access to the next version of Android, and the phones may not have Google apps, which includes YouTube and Maps. 

"New designs of Huawei smartphones are set to lose access to some Google apps.

The move comes after the Trump administration added Huawei to a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a licence.

Google said it was "complying with the order and reviewing the implications". - BBC News

This also means that other companies, based in the US, will not be able to supply product or services to Huawei, including Intel, Qualcomm, and Broadcom, all companies that produce smartphone processors and technologies, according to Bloomberg


Update 21/05/2019 - Reuters are reporting that the US has eased restrictions on Huawei, giving Huawei a license to purchase American made goods, in order to maintain existing networks, and allow software updates to existing Huawei smartphones, until 19th August. There is still a block on purchasing American made parts to manufacture new products.

GSMArena are reporting that Huawei: "still can't launch any new phone that isn't already certified by Google to use its services. The Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro launching today have likely already undergone that process so they're 'safe',"


Update 20/05/2019, 12pm: Huawei has responded by posting this statement on Facebook and other social media networks:

Huawei To Lose Access To Google Updates: Huawei Respond to Google

Huawei will continue to provie security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally.

We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally. 


Update 26/06/19 from Honor

Huawei To Lose Access To Google Updates: Honor statement

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KevinEllison Avatar
20 May 2019 8:26PM

USA isnít happy with Huawei, nor is Australia, nor is New Zealand, nor is Japan....

they canít all be wrong surely....? and the UK...? well what do we expect these days..

Was browsing through phones about 18 months ago on Am azon, one seemed particularly well featured etc...donít remember the brand, but it was Chinese...and several userís comments/reviews were convinced all communications were monitored by China...

So no, Iíll not consider a Huawei phone in future...

P.S. MSM is of course, hyping this to point at USA - China trade war...but what about those countries mentioned above, who have grave concerns...?

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