Google has suspended business operations with Huawei effectively immediately, a forced move that will have a dramatic impact on Huawei devices across the globe essentially cutting it off from the Android operating system, as a blow to the Chinese technology company by the US government as they sought to blacklist their products around the world according, to Business Insider.
The impact on the Huawei business could be devastating, especially outside China where an inability to use Google’s Android operating system would hit smartphone sales hard.
But, What Does the Severed Ties Mean?
According to New Daily, without access to the Android platform, new phones will have to rely on open-source versions of the operating system and many of the programs and services provided by Google – such as Gmail and YouTube – will not be available.
But users with existing Huawei devices will still have access to all the apps and programs they’ve already installed on their devices, and a Google spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that these will still receive updates.
“Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. We have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry,” the spokesperson said.
“We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.”
And what it means for Huawei users in Africa?
Don’t panic! was the advice to Huawei users in Africa following Google’s decision to sever its business relationship with the Huawei according to Capetalk.
The global tech firm is suspending the transfer of all hardware and software between the two companies, including its Android smartphone operating system and apps.
None of the handsets that are out there already or are in the stores already are going to be affected by the hardware changes, they’ll only be affected by the software changes.