Chinese smartphone giant Huawei has assured users in the UK that despite a ban imposed by Google on its access to future updates to the Android operating system as well as to the official Play Store and other Google services, its smartphones and tablets will continue to receive Android updates and security patches as usual, including the upcoming Android Q.
In May this year, Google announced its decision to curtail Huawei's access to future updates to the Android operating system as well as to the official Play Store and other Google services. While existing users of Huawei's smartphones will not suffer because of Google's recent decision and will be able to use Google services such as the Play Store, Maps, Chrome, and Drive apps, the ban is expected to affect future smartphones unveiled by the company.
In line with the hardline stance of the Trump administration towards Chinese companies, popular American chip-makers such as Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx, and Broadcom have also stopped supplying processors and other hardware to Huawei, indicating that Chinese company will have to incorporate products from other suppliers in its future smartphones and other devices.
Following Google's announcement as well as the fact that it has been blacklisted in the United States, Huawei's global smartphone sales fell by 40 percent between April and June, forcing its founder Ren Zhengfei to acknowledge that the company could lose up to $30 billion in revenue in the next two years.
Upcoming Huawei devices will receive Android Q updates
However, going by Huawei's recent statements, it seems that the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration will not impact the sale of its smartphones in the UK as the company has assured its fans in the country that its smartphones and tablets will continue to receive Android updates and security patches as usual, including the upcoming Android Q.
"We are confident that our most popular devices, including the P30 series, will be able to access Android Q. We have been working with third parties for many months to ensure devices will be able to receive Android Q updates. Technical preparations and testing has already begun for over 17 devices. In fact, our Mate 20 Pro has already been given approval to receive Android Q as and when it is released by Google," the company said.
— Huawei Mobile UK (@HuaweiMobileUK) June 20, 2019
It added that it has submitted seventeen smartphones to upgrade to Android Q and these include the P30 Pro, the P30, Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, P30 Lite, PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 20 RS, P smart 2019, P smart+ 2019, P smart Z, Mate 20 X, Mate 20 X (5G), as well as the existing P20, P20 Pro, Mate 10, and Mate 20 Lite devices.
"All Huawei smartphones and tablets will continue to receive security patches and Android updates. Anyone who has already bought, or is about to buy a Huawei smartphone, can continue to access the world of apps as they have always done. All devices continue to be covered by our manufacturer’s warranty and will receive full service support accordingly.
"Ongoing security and software updates will continue to be provided to keep all Huawei smartphones and tablets secure and up-to-date. Android will not be automatically uninstalled from Huawei smartphones and tablets. We continue to work closely with our partners to ensure our consumers can always enjoy the best possible experience," it added.