Stop Huawei updates: what will happen to my smartphone / tablet?

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As you may already know (otherwise, read here) the Trump government ax was officially torn down Huawei. The political / commercial challenge between USA and China it goes on spur: not only with duties, but also with the block of companies. But to be more concerned about this delicate situation, in addition to employees and shareholders, are those who own one smartphone or tablets of the Chinese colossus. Pending an official statement from Google and Huawei, let's try to clarify the situation. Obviously we will not fail to update the article as soon as there will be news about it.

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As anticipated, what will happen in the future is not yet defined. Especially because the companies involved are waiting for the right moment to issue an official statement on the matter. But in the meantime the Android team promptly specified the situation, giving us some more details.

As stated in this tweet, smartphones already on the market will not be restricted in Android services, such as Play Store and Play Protect. But the doubts remain, not only on future smartphones, but also on those currently in circulation. Let's see, then, to answer the most popular questions among Huawei device owners.

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I have a Huawei smartphone / tablet: what will happen now?

  • Will my Huawei smartphone / tablet continue to receive updates?
    • Of course, software updates will continue to arrive, since almost always the news relates purely to EMUI instead of Android. However, the issue of major updates is still vague, since it is not specified in the tweet above.
  • Will I be able to continue using Google Apps on Huawei devices?
    • According to Reuters, Trump's ban means that Huawei can only rely on AOSP (Android Open Source Project). As is well known, in fact, Android is open source in itself, so it's free to use by everyone. This means that all devices, Huawei or not, can use Android without any kind of block. The same cannot be said for Google Apps, since these are closed source, as they are owned by Google. We await more details on this, even though the phones already in circulation will probably not suffer from this type of limitation.
  • And the security patches?
    • Here too the doubt remains. As Huawei is now bound to the AOSP world, security patches can only be updated when they are available in the AOSP. As stated in Huawei's first official statement, "we will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphones and tablets, both those already sold and still available globally".
  • What will happen to other companies like Honor, Xiaomi, Redmi, UMIDIGI, Elephone, etc.?
    • Currently the Trump government ban is aimed solely at Huawei. This is because the motivation stems from the desire to safeguard national security, given that Huawei also works in the US network infrastructure. The same cannot be said for the other brands mentioned above, which have purely commercial links and nothing more. Suffice it to say that many of these do not even operate in America, so it is almost certain to ban them.
  • What will happen to the Huawei MateBook range?
    • Being bound to all American companies, Huawei's ban does not only concern Google but also Intel. Also in this case the confirmation is missing, but all the American chipsets would have taken note of the situation. As a result, the production of Huawei notebooks could slow down, even if the company would have so many chipsets to go on for at least 3 months. But the fundamental issue concerns Microsoft: there are still no news about it, but it is likely that Windows updates may be interrupted.
  • What is the situation with Google Pay / Android Auto / Widevine / WearOS? 
    • For the moment there are no details. Keep following us to follow all the relevant updates.

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