Huawei releases statement on Android ban
Huawei’s mobile business hit a massive roadblock when Google revoked its Android license in response to the US government’s demands. Now, the smartphone maker finally issues its first response on the matter in an email to The Verge.
The statement reads:
“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.
We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.”
Google has already reassured current Huawei smartphone owners that they can still access the Play Store and update apps. Future Android updates, however, are off the table.
Huawei to develop own OS?
A report from HuaweiCentral states that the Chinese company has been developing its own operating system since 2012. It seems like it’s preparing a ‘Plan B’ for a while now in case its relations with Google went sour.
Details are sparse regarding the OS, however, reports say that it’s called “Hongmeng.”
The source also shares the use of the OS behind the curtain.
Losing more backers
In addition to Google, Huawei is also losing the support of several chip companies after getting blacklisted. Bloomberg reports that semiconductor companies Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx, and Broadcom will no longer supply Huawei until further notice.
“We are aware of the Denial Order issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce with respect to Huawei, and we are cooperating. We have no additional information to share at this time,” said a Xilinx spokesperson tells TechCrunch.