Last night, it was officially revealed that Google has revoked the Android license from Huawei. This means that going forward, Huawei will be cut off from Google’s apps and services. Huawei has now put out its own statement, promising security updates and after-sales services for devices currently in circulation.
Huawei and its subsidiary brand, Honor, already has plenty of phones still in stock globally, in addition to all of the still supported devices already owned by consumers. In an email sent to The Verge today, Huawei confirmed its support plans for customers moving forward, even without the full Android license.
“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.”
Huawei then ends its statement saying that it will build a “safe and sustainable software ecosystem” for its customers globally. Huawei has apparently been preparing for this day by developing its own OS alternative to Android, which may end up making its debut on the next batch of smartphones.
KitGuru Says: Losing the Android license may just be the start of Huawei’s concerns. Apparently, the company may also be cut off from using Qualcomm and Intel chips in the future too, which would make matters worse.