Huawei will continue security support for Android smartphones

LONDON: Huawei stated on Monday it could proceed to offer safety updates and providers for its smartphones and tablets after being barred from Google updates to its Android working system.

Nevertheless it didn’t say what would occur with telephones it could promote sooner or later, that are unlikely to have entry to Google’s widespread providers together with gmail, YouTube and Chrome until a particular license is obtained.

“Huawei will proceed to offer safety updates and after-sales providers to all current Huawei and Honor smartphone and pill merchandise, overlaying these which have been offered and which are nonetheless in inventory globally,” a Huawei spokesman stated by e-mail.

“We are going to proceed to construct a secure and sustainable software program ecosystem, with the intention to present one of the best expertise for all customers globally,” stated Huawei, which is the world’s second-biggest smartphone maker after Samsung and aspires to the highest place.

Huawei’s gadgets in its house market don’t have Google apps, however the transfer will massively harm the model’s attraction to customers exterior China.

Nearly half of the 208 million telephones Huawei shipped in 2018 went to exterior mainland China, and Europe is an important abroad market the place its gadgets at the moment have 29% market share, based on expertise analysis agency IDC.

Google stated it could enact restrictions on Android updates to Huawei after US President Donald Trump on Thursday added the Chinese language firm to a commerce blacklist, making it extraordinarily tough for it to do enterprise with US counterparts.

“We’re complying with the order and reviewing the implications,” a Google spokesman stated.

A supply informed Reuters: “Huawei will solely be capable to use the general public model of Android and won’t be able to get entry to proprietary apps and providers from Google.”

Google, owned by Alphabet, stated its Google Play app retailer and the safety protections from Google Play Defend would proceed to perform on current Huawei gadgets.

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