Published: Tue, May 21, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Huawei users in SA told not to panic over Android ban

Huawei users in SA told not to panic over Android ban

If future Huawei phones do not come with Play, users may have to buy these apps again, which sounds bad.

Shah added: "So all the apps from USA players will not be available out of the box and users will have to sideload it or Huawei will have to make it available via third party or own branded Android compatible app store which is going to be a very large task for Huawei".

The trade war with China has reached new heights in the past few weeks, as the Trump administration recently announced that United States companies will be banned from buying equipment from certain Chinese companies.

Lu Kang from the Chinese foreign ministry says his country will take measures to make sure its businesses' rights are safeguarded.

The move will also reportedly affect access to apps and services like Gmail on future Huawei phones outside of China, though specifics around the scope of services ban is still being discussed internally at Google, Reuters said.

"Existing Huawei device owners will be significantly impacted", he said. Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold or that are still in stock globally. 5G rollout in China will be greatly hampered due to this and the future of Huawei's smartphone business outside of China will be stuck in limbo. The recent tweet has made it clear that the "services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device".

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Google's move to stop dealing with Huawei comes after the US Department of Commerce added Huawei to the Bureau of Industry and Security's (or BIS) Entity List.

This essentially neuters the OS that will run on future Huawei phones.

Does this mean that Huawei will speed up the development and deployment of its own operating system? The amassed chips would help Huawei operate for at least 3 more months.

And it's getting worse for the Chinese tech company.

A few days back, Huawei's CEO acknowledged that the company would prefer to work with the software developed by Google and Microsoft but in the case of a total ban (which has now happened), the company would now have its own software to fall back on. Some of this technology is already being used in products sold in China.

Huawei has repeatedly denied all allegations its equipment could be used for espionage and ties to its native government beyond paying taxes, but the USA and Australia have both banned its equipment from use in their respective forthcoming 5G networks.

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