Huawei & Google – advice for customers
What’s happened exactly?
So, here’s an update for you: Google has said that they will restrict the use of their Android operating system on Huawei handsets and tablets, including their sub-brand, Honor.
Why though? Well it all came about after a decision by the US government to add Huawei to a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a licence.
There is a temporary solution. The US Commerce Department has now granted a licence, allowing Huawei to continue to support security upgrades and after-sales support to all existing smartphone and tablet products until August 2019. And, this covers all products sold and currently in stock around the world.
At the same time, some of our key network partners like EE and Vodafone have decided to pause the sale of Huawei 5G phones. This is why we unfortunately won’t be able to include Huawei handsets as part of the line up for our 5G pre-order plans.
We will continue to monitor the news coming from Huawei, Google and our network partners and make sure we update you online and in our stores as soon as we can.
I already own a Huawei or Honor phone, what does this mean for me?
Huawei and Google have confirmed that, at the moment, if you already have a Huawei or Honor handset, it will continue to be supported and can update their devices as normal:
- • Huawei have said they will support security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products.
- • Google has confirmed Google Play and Google Play Protect will continue to work
- • The precise method of obtaining software updates (including apps, operating systems and security updates) after 19 August 2019 cannot be confirmed currently and it’s possible the ongoing issue could prevent the upgrade of existing apps from taking place.
I’m planning to buy a new Huawei or Honor phone, what does this mean for me?
We’re doing our best to get answers for you. As soon as we get more info from Huawei and Google we will make sure to get you up to speed both here and via our customer services channels as soon as we can.
The availability of software updates (including apps, operating systems and security updates) after 19 August 2019 cannot be confirmed currently and it’s possible the ongoing issue could prevent the upgrade of existing apps from taking place.
Huawei have shared thier answers to frequently asked questions click here