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

Huawei has been literally under siege for the past year. The sanctions that the US 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 that they work properly, it was revealed last week that this permission was temporary. 


Huawei runs out of license for Google services

The license, which expired last week, gave Huawei much more than just access to the sources of security updates. In essence, this license allowed the company to maintain complete carte blanche while using Google services and the accompanying 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 Huawei smartphones


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 
  • Android auto-update mechanism 
  • Cloud notification service

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


Another thing is that at this stage of development, Huawei services a priori can not 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 Huawei's corporate catalog do not work on smartphones without Google Mobile Services. Moreover, I must say that quite common applications that are in high demand, such as the personal account of an MTS subscriber, etc., refuse to work.


Should you give up Huawei


New Huawei smartphones

Someone will probably say that the owners of old Huawei smartphones, which can be deprived of 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, the buyers of new Huawei products 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 pretends that nothing happened, promising to keep both updates and access to Google services for its smartphones. But the fact is that the license that gave the company this right has expired, and neither it nor we have 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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