Users don't have to worry about Huawei smartphones sold in the last year or two being suddenly cut off from all software updates for the US Department of Commerce's last year, which includes Google and Huawei working together. commercial license expired last week, says the Chinese giant. The expiration of the commercial license could nonetheless have serious consequences, but it could hurt primarily smaller U.S. telecommunications companies.
An analysis of the potential effects of last week's temporary commercial license, issued for a one-year period, was published in the Washington Post on Friday. . The paper described, among other things, that as a result of the U.S. trade embargo in May last year, Google was unable to license Google Mobile Services (GMS) for Huawei devices after the embargo, and support for upgrades to older models was only expired.
Based on this information, several secondary communications treated the fact that older Huawei smartphones will have no Android security update in the future. , and even Google app updates won’t be available, but Huawei Technologies firmly denied this in a statement this afternoon:
Regardless of the decision, Huawei may continue to manufacture and sell Google-licensed GMS products that were commercially available before May 16, 2019. market. These products all have access to Google Play, where they can download and update apps. Huawei will continue to provide system and security updates. Thanks to the open source community and Huawei's own advanced R&D capabilities, our customers continue to receive software updates and services.
states in the manufacturer's statement.
The company adds that Huawei will access the new android features and security updates through AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and will automatically release them to the devices. Incidentally, the Chinese manufacturer has released security updates for more than two hundred models since May 16, 2019, the timing of which is more detailed on the company’s website. The company also stresses that all apps downloaded from the Play Store (including Google’s own apps) will be upgradable on Huawei mobiles in the future.
For smartphones arriving from Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), the Chinese company was already able to rely solely on AOSP, pulling its own ecosystem instead of GMS. On newer Huawei phones, you can download certain apps from the company's own app store, AppGallery, which is constantly expanding, but many of the nicknames – partly due to American restrictions – still stay away from the platform.
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the expiration of the temporary commercial license will thus have no effect on customers using Huawei 's consumer products, but U.S. telecommunications companies building on Huawei' s mobile network equipment may find themselves in a difficult position. Thus, small companies that typically operate in rural areas will no longer be able to supply new equipment while being required by law to replace Huawei's network equipment with solutions from other certified manufacturers.
However, this obligation will only take effect if the the state, meanwhile, is compensating the service providers concerned for the cost of device replacement, but the government has not yet provided a basis for this, which in recent months has forced it to concentrate a significant portion of its financial resources on mitigating the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Gellert is Technology Editor at Counting News Media and contributor at other major tech publications. Her interests includes testing new gadgets and reading.