May 20th, 2019

Following Huawei’s placement of the U.S. Entity List which prohibits U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei without a specific license, Google announced that is had revoked its Android license from Huawei which cuts off its access to Google Play for new devices and security updates outside of what eventually gets rolled out to AOSP.

While this is devastating news for Huawei, the company has released an official statement, promising continued support for its current customers.

Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry. Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally. We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.

What’s important to note in Huawei’s statement is that it specifically calls out devices “that have been sold and that are still in stock globally,” implying that Huawei still does not have a plan for future devices like the Honor 20 Pro which will make its debut tomorrow in London. 

Huawei is currently the second largest smartphone maker, but its position in the marketplace will likely suffer if it’s not able to quickly find a solution that will appease the U.S. government and allow it to renew its Android license with Google.

Source: Engadget