Following Donald Trump’s decision to add Huawei to the trade blacklist, which effectively prevents Huawei from trading with American companies without the government’s permission, Google has cut ties with Huawei, blocking them from accessing the Play Store and other Google apps.
What will this mean for existing Huawei users?
Huawei is the third biggest phone manufacturer in the UK and it’s unclear how this trade restriction will affect the overall user experience on Huawei phones.
Current owners of Huawei phones will still be able to use and update Google apps, but Huawei will only be able to use open-source, publicly available Android builds in the future, and they will also not have access to the Google Play Store, YouTube, Gmail and other applications made by Google. Google Play Protect will still work for existing phones, however, it is unclear whether this protection will last long.
For now, we do not know how devastating a blow this could be to Huawei, so I guess for now we’ll just have to wait and see.
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