What Does Google’s Android Ban On Huawei Mean to Arab Users?
The second most popular smartphones brand in the Middle East, Huawei, just got banned by Google from using Android!
In an escalating trade war between China and the United States, President Donald Trump blacklisted Huawei, and Google was forced to comply with the US Government’s ban. Thus, they won’t provide software or support to the Chinese smartphone brand as a result of the ban on the company and affiliates.
That does not mean that Huawei won’t be able to use Android at all. The underlying Android operating system is an open source, called the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and can be used by anyone. However, Huawei has to supply its own updates from AOSP to the version of Android running on its phones, rather than Google’s updates.
As Huawei is a very popular phone in the Middle East, users in the region are worried about the future of their smartphones. According to a statement by the Chinese giant smartphones manufacturer, current users do not need to worry, existing Huawei phones will continue to operate as normal.
“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 and that are still in stock globally.” Stated Huawei.
“For Huawei users’ questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all US gov’t requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.” Tweeted Android.