Published: Thu, May 23, 2019
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Huawei is to rollout its mobile OS as early as this fall

Huawei is to rollout its mobile OS as early as this fall

Google is planning to pull the Chinese company's access to many of its core Android apps and services, including the Google Play Store, Gmail, Search and Chrome - although this was followed a few hours later by the US Commerce Department temporarily lifting the trade ban with Huawei. On Monday, there was a 90-day reprieve. "We can also make the same chips as USA chips, but it does not mean that we will not buy them from the U.S". For millions, the devices are cheap-but-quality alternatives to the $1,000 phones America's hardware champion Apple Inc. peddles. The moves threatened to materially harm Huawei's mobile devices and networking businesses.

"I'm very anxious. I'm the owner of a P30 Pro which I bought a month ago", Ania K from Poland wrote on Twitter. The most recent WhatsApp spyware issues were corrected through such an update, though unlicensed partners would still be exposed to the risk. "Many people are very anxious about that too".

Last week, the US Commerce Department added Huawei to its "entity list", which means that any companies wishing to sell or transfer technology to Huawei must obtain government permission. "Tomorrow it can happen to any other global company", Liu said at a London launch of Huawei's newest smartphone, the Honor 20.

Google locked Huawei out of its Android updates earlier this week. If Huawei closed its showroom and its business outlets in the U.S., it would affect around 50,000 employees in that country. The upcoming operating system is said to be a unified one across smartphones, PCs, tablets, TVs, automobiles, wearables and other supported products. The company has a close relationship with the Chinese government, prompting concerns about spying.

Huawei can continue to function normally, for now. However, the United States government has now granted Huawei a temporary three months license to continue pushing Android updates.

Francisco Jeronimo, associate VP for devices at IDC, said Honor had been successful for Huawei with an appeal that went way beyond the young customer they were targeting. Others said they would stick with the company and encouraged it to keep fighting what they saw as an attack on a foreign company by President Trump. The resulting wave of fear and xenophobia-Chinese firms have a different relationship with their government than do US and many western firms with theirs-has risen dramatically under the current administration.

Shortly after that, Google announced that it would be withholding updates and proprietary parts of its Android mobile operating system from Huawei.

-With assistance from Mark Bergen.

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