One of the telecomms industry’s power couples has split up, with GooWei citing irreconcilable differences and mom and dad, I mean the US government’s recent decision to limit Chinese technologies in its domestic market.
According to The Verge, Google has revoked Huawei’s Android licence in compliance with new US Commerce Department policies. Although a Google rep confirmed that “Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices,” those devices will probably be restricted to using the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for future system updates and technical support instead, which means delays of up to a month or so, and could lose access to Google’s proprietary apps and services like YouTube, Gmail, and Chrome.
The consequences for Huawei users in China should be minimal, as most of Google’s mobile apps and services are banned there anyway, but this could be a much more serious problem in South Africa, where the company’s smartphones are super popular. Bummer.