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The childish trade tariff-war between the U.S. and China escalated on Sunday where it was reported that Google has decided to suspend business ties with Chinese communications and telecom major Huawei.

The initial reports implied a complete block, but this appears to be inaccurate. Huawei will continue to receive updates for Play Services and apps, as they don’t require that Google interacts with Huawei. OS and security updates, however, are strictly off-limits.

There is a slight irony here, in that Huawei has been accused of spying on people, and now they won’t get security updates that could monitor and stop such activities.

Existing users of their phones, such as the Huawei P30 Pro, and I would assume the up and coming Honor 20 Pro, will continue to be able to use and download app updates provided by Google.

How badly this affects Huawei, and more importantly its users is another question. We are not going to lose access over night, or at all, it is just going to become a nuiscance.

Huawei will still be able to use the public version of Android but will not be able to get access to proprietary apps and services from Google. This will be things like Maps etc.

If this doesn’t get resolved it could mean phones will continue to be made and shipped like normal but you will have to sideload some Google apps. Huawei could still offer a lot of apps via their own app store, or via competing stores.

Huawei has had the foresight to build their own OS for both phones and laptops and we could see them start rolling this out. I would assume this is the last resort and they will try and avoid doing it for phones in Western markets.

Last year ZTE faced similar issues and it was resolved in a few weeks, I would hope the same will happen this time around. Unfortunatly a lot of this is dictacted by the increasingly volatile President Trump.

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