Everybody is talking about what’s happening with Huawei and google decision, rumors are everywhere and Huawei users may panic if they are not good informed about what is really happening.
that’s why we bring this article direct from the BBC.
What exactly is Google doing?
The US tech firm is suspending all business activity with Huawei related to “non-public” transfers of hardware, software, and technical services.
That does not mean that Huawei loses all access to Android, as the core operating system is an open source project. Any manufacturer can modify it and install it on their devices without having to get permission.
But in practice, all the major vendors rely on a lot of support from Google.
In addition, Google controls access to several add-on bits of software, including:
- the Play app store
- its own apps
- the Google Assistant virtual helper
- the Gmail email service
- tools that allow third-party services access to certain functions
How does this affect existing Huawei handsets?
Owners of Huawei or Honor phones will not find that they suddenly cannot install new apps or get updates for Google services.
That could theoretically result in a situation in which a serious flaw is revealed and Huawei’s devices remain exposed for several days or weeks.
How about new handsets?
New phones will not be certified, and as a consequence will not be able to have Google Mobile Services (GMS) pre-installed.
This includes a suite of Google’s own apps including:
- the Play stores for apps, music, and other media
- Google Photos
- Google Maps
- Google Drive cloud storage
- Google Duo video calls
Some of these services will still be accessible via the web, but many would find that less convenient.
The loss will not have much impact on China-based users, who are already blocked from accessing most of Google’s facilities. But elsewhere, it could be a deal-breaker for many consumers.
They would still be able to install third-party apps via alternative stores or a process known as side-loading.
But Google prevents its own apps being installed on uncertified devices.
Furthermore, losing access to GMS also means that third-party developers would not be able to tap into Google’s application programming interfaces (APIs) on new devices.
The consequences would be that their apps could lose some functions.
So what is the alternative?
Huawei told the BBC it would prefer to work with Android, but has created a new operating system as a Plan B
“We have been making plans for this possible outcome – but it hasn’t happened yet,” Jeremy Thompson, Huawei’s UK executive vice president said.
“We have a parallel program in place to develop an alternative… which we think will delight our customers.
“In the short-term, it’s not good news for Huawei, but I think we can manage that.”
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Article first seeing in https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48334739