What the Huawei-Google spat means for you

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However, the Play store access of existing devices will not be revoked, as Google confirmed earlier today.

Making matters worse for Huawei, other major USA tech giants like Qualcomm, Intel, and Broadcom have also informed Huawei that they will not be providing them with software or hardware products and services until further notice.

Popular Google apps such as Gmail, YouTube and the Chrome browser that are available through Google's Play Store will disappear from future Huawei handsets as those services are not covered by the open source license and require a commercial agreement with Google. The company had just issued a statement that it will “continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphones and tablet products.”. With their future phones not likely to use Qualcomm chips or Google's Android beyond the AOSP, it's likely that Huawei will R&D their own chips to fill that void and their own fork of Android.

Huawei has denied, and keeps denying the accusations.

Buying a new Huawei phone poses a "real risk" to people in the wake of Google's restrictions on the Chinese firm using its Android software, industry experts have said.

If Huawei were to develop a version of Android based on the open-source licence without Google integration, this would be similar to a custom ROM installed on a rooted device.

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This really is as bad as it sounds for Huawei and for Huawei phone users.

The Chinese phone giant has been blocked by Google from receiving updates for the Android operating system it uses to power its devices, as Google complies with a United States executive order restricting access to American technology.

On Monday, Google said it was "complying with the order and reviewing the implications", but assured Huawei users that their current phones would continue to work. If you now own a Huawei phone, you will still be able to access your third-party apps.

Huawei has been preparing for a time when it could operate independently of external suppliers.

U.S. intelligence agencies including the National Security Agency (NSA), FBI and CIA have previously implored American citizens to avoid using Huawei smartphones, other electronics and services over fears the company may pass user data back to the Chinese government and engage in espionage.

Among the first tech giants to suspend business activities with Huawei is Alphabet Inc.'s Google, reports by Reuters. Some of this technology is already being used in products sold in China, the company has said. This seems largely equivalent to the ZTE ban that was levied (and then withdrawn) at roughly this same time a year ago, but Huawei is a much larger company than ZTE, with a significant share in many markets.