Following US President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency in communications technology last week, Google, which owns the world’s most widely used mobile operating system, has announced that it will no longer share Android technology with Huawei.
Specifically, this means that Huawei’s smartphones will be cut off from future Android operating system updates and will no longer have access to apps such as Google Play and Gmail.
Kenneth Fredriksen, CEO of Huawei Sweden, describes the move as “a dramatic escalation of the trade war” between the US and China, but is convinced that a solution will be found. “There are two parts to this. One is our infrastructure business, where we will be able to maintain deliveries. As for the Android system, both we and Google are looking at what this will mean. Google has pointed out that existing customers with Huawei phones, and phones that are in stock, will not be affected. There are no grounds for current customers to be concerned, that is perhaps the most important thing to convey,” he says.
Fredriksen tells the Dagens Industri newspaper that Huawei is also working on a Plan B, in case it is permanently cut off from the Android system.
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