It may not be the best time to buy a Huawei phone. Google has reportedly suspended the transfer of hardware, software and technical services to Huawei, pointing that from now on these phones will no longer support Android software updates.
The move comes after the US President Donald Trump banned and blacklisted Chinese smartphone maker Huawei in the country stating that it could be a vehicle for spying.
If Google goes ahead with its decision, it would mean that for the existing Huawei consumers, Android software updates will not be available. The new Huawei phones will also no longer support the Android operating system.
The new phones will lose access to the popular Google Play Services such as Maps, Play Store and YouTube that come pre-installed on Android devices.
The existing Huawei users will be able to enjoy security protections delivered through Google Play Protect, a TechCrunch reported citing Google. The existing users will be able to download app updates provided by Google, the makers of Android.
The users will also be able to update their Android OS via open source, however, it remains restricted as Google has already moved a lot of application programming interfaces (APIs) from the open source platform — AOSP — to its Play Services portal. For users looking for limited updates on their Huawei phones, this remains to be an option as Google has not suspended their open source licensing with the firm.
Popular Google apps such as Gmail, YouTube and the Chrome browser that are available through Google’s Play Store will disappear from future Huawei handsets as those services are not covered by the open source license and require a commercial agreement with Google.
There are about 2.5 billion active Android devices worldwide, according to Google.
According to a Counterpoint Research report released in January, Huawei is yet to make its mark in India but indicates that the firm is on its way to the top. It is among the popular brands smartphones users opt for. The report said the average selling price of phones in India for Huawei grew 13 percent in the third quarter of the previous financial year.
The research report showed that Huawei's Honor smartphone ranked fifth in terms of smartphone sales in the country.
Huawei, based in Shenzhen, China, was founded by Ren Zhengfei and is currently the second-largest mobile phone maker. However, the firm is navigating choppy waters as it faces backlash for possible security risks that its telecom equipment network possesses.
First Published: IST