In response to Google denying access to updates of its Android operating system, homegrown Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies is set to release its own operating system as early as this year fall.
"Keeping phones up to date and secure is in everyone's best interests and this temporary license allows us to continue to provide software updates and security patches to existing models for the next 90 days", Google said in a statement.
Google said on May 20 it would comply with an order by President Donald Trump to stop supplying Huawei, meaning it would no longer be able to offer its popular Android apps to buyers of new Huawei phones. Since Huawei has already developed its alternative operating system that will be compatible with Android apps, this move makes a lot of sense. Within the 90 days, the business will go on as usual but after that, it is a toss-up.
"If you're an existing Huawei customer there's no change at this stage".More news: Cardi B cancels gigs to fully recover from plastic surgery
But on Monday, the Commerce Department granted Huawei a licence to buy United States goods until Aug 19, in order to maintain existing telecoms networks and provide software updates to Huawei smartphones, a move meant to give telecommunication operators that rely on Huawei time to make other arrangements.
"Huawei is becoming the victim of bullying by the US administration".
"[The U.S.] is showing China and the world that the U.S. government controls Google".
This year, Huawei will most likely see the steepest drops in shipments in Western Europe, while its home market China will be the least affected by the latest developments, Strategy Analytics said on Wednesday.More news: Google had some passwords stored in plaintext for more than a decade
Google is cutting off Huawei's relationship with Android in response to the USA government's ban about the Chinese giant.
Those who already have Huawei smartphones will still be able to update apps and push through security fixes, but that hasn't stopped anxious Huawei owners from selling off their smartphones after Google's decision.
However, the exact details of Huawei's mysterious operating system are anyone's guess, but it looks like taking a fork off of AOSP and building its OS around that would be the easier and more logical course of action for the company.
CNET's understanding is that Huawei has no immediate plans to launch its own OS, and that the company is looking at launching one only if Android is permanently removed as an option for its smartphone customers.More news: Man City faces ban from Champions League
The announcement this past weekend that Google would be cutting all ties with Huawei undoubtedly came as a massive blow.