Updates, Google Play and software: what smartphones will lose Huawei

The entire last year Huawei has been literally under siege. The sanctions that the United States imposed on the Chinese company significantly undermined its income and led to a noticeable outflow of the audience, which was afraid of the worsening of the situation, preferring to switch to the equipment of less belligerent brands. Despite the fact that the Americans seem to have allowed Huawei to continue working with Google in the interests of already released smartphones to ensure their correct performance, it turned out last week that this permission was temporary.

Logo Huawei

Huawei has run out of license for Google services

The license, which expired last week, provided Huawei much more than just access to the source of the security updates. Essentially, this license allowed the company to maintain complete carte blanche while using Google services and the associated privileges available to all other manufacturers. Thus, the US authorities made a kind of exception for the Chinese company, which applies only to devices that were released before the sanctions were imposed.

Limitations of smartphones Huawei

Huawei P30

Lack of security updates is not the worst thing

Here are just the main privileges that the license gave Huawei:

  • Security updates
  • Accessing Google Apps
  • Access to Google Play
  • Access to Google Mobile Services
  • Auto update mechanism Android
  • Cloud notification service

Of course, Huawei was preparing for a possible revocation of the license or the US refusal to renew its validity. Therefore, as part of several previous updates to EMUI and MagicUI, the developers Huawei began distributing tools that replace Google services. They added Mobile Services to the firmware of their smartphones Huawei, which can – albeit partially – replace Google Mobile Services, as well as all the rest of the security mechanisms, without which the devices will not be able to update over the air and receive notifications.

It's another matter that at this stage of development services Huawei a priori cannot replace what Google offers. Not only does Google Play have a much wider range of applications, including a huge number of games and software that are not available in AppGallery, but also some of the programs from the branded catalog Huawei simply do not work on smartphones without Google Mobile Services. Moreover, I must say that quite common applications that are in great demand, such as the personal account of an MTS subscriber, etc., refuse to work.

Should I give up Huawei

Huawei Mate 30

New smartphones Huawei initially did not have Google services, and the old ones without the bottom will have a harder time

Someone will probably say that the owners of old smartphones Huawei, which can be denied access to Google Play, will eventually get used to it and will only get by with AppGallery. But this is a question that requires a deeper understanding than it might seem at first glance. After all, buyers of new products Huawei deliberately made their choice in their favor, realizing in advance that they would not be able to use Google services. And we – those who bought 'normal' devices – did not make such a choice.

Now Huawei is pretending nothing happened, promising to keep both updates and access to Google services for their smartphones. But the fact is that the license that gave the company this right has expired, and neither she nor we have any guarantees that Huawei will be able to agree with the United States on extending its validity period. Therefore, it is logical to assume that many will simply start switching to competitors' smartphones. Personally, I will do so if only Google services disappear from the firmware of my Honor View 20.

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