The recent trade ban imposed by the United States on Huawei products has significantly affected the availability of Android updates to Huawei smartphones even though the reprieve of 90 days has given some relief to the Chinese smartphone manufacturing company.
The ban aims to restrict the availability of Google’s Android updates to Huawei devices after blacklisting by the United States. “[Huawei] immediately loses access to updates to Google’s Android operating system,” Reuters said.
“Future versions of Huawei smartphones that run on Android will also lose access to popular services, including the Google Play Store, Gmail, and YouTube,” the report by Reuters added.
There is great anxiety among Huawei users about the future of the brand after the 90 day reprieve ends on August 21. Huawei has launched a new website to take its customers into confidence on the post ban situation and to keep them updated about the Android and Android Q operation on Huawei devices.
Initially, the announcement regarding the Android Q update was made through a tweet and then all the related information was revealed on that website which is designed to answer the queries of Huawei’s customers.
In the statement made by the Chinese smartphone manufacturer on the ‘Huawei Answers’ page of the website, it assured the users that all Huawei devices including the P30 series will get the Q update which is exciting news for all the users of Huawei devices.
“Our most popular current devices, including the P30 series, will be able to access Android Q,” the statement read.
The statement also informed users about the beta development program for Android Q.
“In fact, we have already launched a beta development program for Android Q which is running right now on our Mate 20 Pro device,” Huawei stated.
Huawei revealed its efforts to get the Android Q update for 17 of its devices via third parties. The technical support for these devices is already proceeding according to Huawei.
“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 have already begun for over 17 devices,” the company stated.
About the Mate 20 Pro smartphone, the company also shared some promising information.
“In fact, our Mate 20 Pro has already been given approval to receive Android Q as and when it is released by Google,” Huawei revealed.
Apart from the Mate 20 Pro and P30 series, the statement also listed all the smartphone versions submitted to gain Android Q approval. However, it does not imply that all these devices would gain access to Android Q, when it comes on the market.
The list of devices put forth by the company to gain access to Android Q is as follows:
- 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 20 X (5G)
- P20 Pro
- Mate 10 Pro
- PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 10
- Mate 10
- Mate 20 Lite
A reliable source at Honor, the sister brand of Huawei, confirmed that their Honor 20 series will be entitled to the Android Q update, in addition to many other later models released by Honor in 2019.
A great concern on the part of users about the Android Q update is whether Google Services will be available for the devices after this update. As far as we can tell, Google Services are going to work smoothly even after the update.
Huawei too seemed confident to ensure the provision of future Android Q updates for its users.
“All Huawei smartphones and tablets will continue to receive security patches and Android updates,” Huawei said.
However, it is still unknown after getting the approval, when Huawei devices will gain access to Android Q updates. As it stands now, Huawei users may have a bit of a wait before accessing the Android Q update. Undoubtedly, the Chinese company must be hoping to have it up and running before the 90 days reprieve ends on August 21 of this year.