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You May Want to Reconsider that Huawei Phone

Published on 21 May 2019

Google has some strict new policies for Huawei and Honor smartphones and tablets which include restricting any more Android OS updates from the Play store. This new restriction is based on the US-China trade dispute that started in 2017. President Trump has always complained about China’s trading practices and when he became President of the United States in 2016 he instituted a trade ban on China and Beijing responded in kind by instituting their own trade ban on the United states. The United States imposed tariffs on goods coming from China.

Huawei is based in China and is the biggest sales contributor for Android a fact they were all too happy to remind Google in their official press statement since the ban. “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 said in a statement to newsrooms.

The Kenyan Connection.

In Kenya, Huawei is a very popular smartphone with over 5000 phones being sold each month through the payment platform Lipa Later. Due to the phone’s popularity in Kenya, it is easy to justify the worry present in Kenyan Huawei smartphone users. Though Google did offer some sort of comforting words, Huawei phones will retain their access to the Play store and still be able to update their apps. On their side, Huawei assured its customers that they will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all its Huawei and Honor smartphones and tablets for those already sold and those in stock.

Google did not however disclose whether the restriction will cover other countries it is very difficult to project whether Kenya will be affected by the restriction.


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