This comes just a day after Google’s decision to suspend
Android support for all Huawei phones. This has been part of a bigger trade war
between China and the US, as both keep taxes and banning each other’s products.
As a Huawei user myself, I got pretty anxious about this ban. Will my phone
stop working? Will I not be able to update anything? Did I have to get a new
phone now? So I decided to do a little research and share with fellow Huawei
users how this ban affects us.
Besides the base Android operating system (known as the
Android Open Source Project, or AOSP), Google licensed Huawei services such as
the Play Store, Gmail, Google Maps and other Google apps. The ban means that
Google won’t be able to license those services to new Huawei devices. However,
Google has said that Google’s services will still function on existing Huawei
Luckily, Yes. Android is open source operating system. What
that means for use users is that it is available to anyone to wants to use it.
This means the base operating system isn’t affected. Only the licensed services
are caught up in the ban. Google has said that the Play Store (the app store)
and Google Play services will continue to work on your Huawei smartphone.
However, new phones do are effected and will not have these services available
Yes. Android system updates, once they’re made available to
AOSP, will be available for Huawei phones. The difference is that Huawei will
lose its early access to Android updates. Huawei will have to push these
updates to its users itself and adapt them for its personalized user interface,
which may take months to do. Security, on the other hand, is a bit confusing.
Huawei is promising to maintain regular security updates, but they won’t come directly from Google. The way these typically work is that Google gives Android device-makers the code for its software fixes about one month before it reveals details to the public. This gives manufacturers like Huawei time to check that the patches do not cause problems for their own proprietary software, and then to package up a customized version of the fixes as a download. Huawei will now only learn of the patches on the same day they are released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), meaning there will be a lag before it can distribute them. This basically means our software’s may be vulnerable for a while until these patches are fixed.
Future phones will face a far bigger part of the brunt of
this ban, as they will not be able use android or google features. Furthermore,
with microchip manufacturers also following the ban, Huawei will need to make
their own chips too. It doesn’t look good. Huawei has been preparing for such a
move. Huawei is building its own operating system, and currently sells devices
without Google Play Services in China where it is banned, but making a new OS –
with its own apps – is a mammoth task. It may take months to make, and people
may not be ready to wait so long.