Huawei wants to offer updates on Android Q for 17 smartphones, although the company will no longer have an Android license on 19 August. Looking back over the past year, Huawei will, after Google's completion of Android Q, have at best just under two weeks to offer updates to its customers.
The trade war between the US and China has the consequence that US companies are only allowed to do business with Huawei with a special permit. The US government can refuse this with a reference to national security. After the announcement of the national emergency in the telecommunications sector by US President Donald Trump, Google initially had to forcibly end the cooperation with Huawei before finally withdrawing numerous hardware manufacturers.
As part of a 90-day transitional period granted by the US, Huawei has received a Temporary General License, which allows the company to continue certain business processes so as not to be incapacitated from one day to the next. This license is valid for 90 days from May 20th until August 18th. As of August 19, the restrictions imposed by the US government will apply.
Huawei answers customer questions and rumors
In order to better understand the consequences of the conflict for customers and to refute rumors circulating, Huawei has set up websites for the German market and for the UK market to answer open questions. For example, the rumor is being cleared that Huawei's customers can no longer use Facebook or WhatsApp. In fact, Huawei is no longer allowed to pre-install these apps, but customers still have access to the apps through the Google Play Store.
In the British FAQ, Huawei also looks at potential updates to Android Q, which Google plans to finalize in the third quarter of this year, while the German side only talks about smartphones and tablets, “which have been sold, are currently being sold or in stock, security and software updates continue to be received.“Huawei will not be eligible for the license, which will only be valid until 18 August.
Android Q updates scheduled for 17 smartphones
The British explained Huawei in point 9 under the heading “The P30 and the P30 Pro will not have access to Android Q.“The company is confident that the most popular devices, including the P30 series, will have access to Android Q. Huawei has been working with third parties for several months to ensure that the Android Q devices are maintained. Technical preparations and tests have already started for more than 17 devices. The Mate 20 Pro has already been approved to receive Android Q as soon as the operating system is released by Google. Huawei has submitted the following smartphones for updates on Android Q:
- P30 Pro
- Mate 20
- Mate 20 Pro
- Porsche Design Mate 20 RS
- P30 Lite
- P Smart 2019
- P Smart + 2019
- P Smart Z
- Mate 20 X
- Mate 20X (5G)
- P20 Pro
- Mate 10 Pro
- Porsche Design Mate 10
- Mate 10
- Mate 20 Lite
Google plans to release the final Android Q during the third quarter, sometime between July and September. If the last year is used as a direction indicator, the publication is expected early in August. Android P was completed last year on the 6th of August and was immediately available for download for Pixel-Smartphones.
Huawei has to hurry
For Huawei, it would be beneficial for Google to go the same schedule this year as last year. Because even if Google would release Android Q early in August, Huawei remained in the best case barely two weeks to 18 August to update the said smartphones on the running with all Google services Android Q, before Huawei is revoked the license , Then Huawei could only use the parts of Android Q transferred to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Since Google has coupled numerous Android features for years but to the cost and licensed version of Android, is in the AOSP only a barely comparable with the “full version” Android version available, which lacks many proprietary features.
Own operating system initially only for China
In the home market of China Huawei is supposed to offer from October smartphones with its own operating system HongMeng OS. This operating system could be used next year on the smartphones offered in Europe as Ark OS.