Huawei P30 Pro users have finally been given the news they were desperately waiting for
Huawei P30 Pro owners can breathe a huge sigh of relief today as the Android news they’ve had their fingers crossed for has finally been announced. Earlier this week, Express.co.uk reported on how Huawei fans faced an incredibly uncertain future due to the ongoing trade dispute between the US and China. In May 2019, the White House put Huawei on the US Entity List trade blacklist, meaning American firms were prohibited from doing business with the Chinese smartphone giant.
This blocked Google apps, like YouTube, Google Maps, Gmail, and the Google Play Store – which is home to millions of third-party apps, such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, as well as ebooks, movie rentals and music, from being installed on new devices shipped by companies on the blacklist – like Huawei’s flagship P40 Pro smartphone. Thankfully, a special license was issued to ensured Google could still release new features and important security updates on Huawei devices released prior to the blacklist, like the P30 Pro.
But while the license had been extended numerous times, it reportedly expired last Thursday without a further extension from the US government. This led to question marks surrounding whether Huawei devices, which were still able to use the Google Play Store to download new apps and benefit from security fixes and new features, would see the updates suddenly stop.
Devices like the Huawei P30 Pro will continue to receive Google updates
Thankfully, anyone who is signed-up to a contract with a handset, like the P30 Pro, can sleep easier tonight as Huawei has now confirmed devices that had been covered by the license will still be supported.
The official @HuaweiMobile Twitter account confirmed the news, responding to a Twitter user who was left wondering if their device would continue to get Android updates. The tweeter posted: “@HuaweiMobile what about Google services and Android update on Huawei nova 5t after Google license end in 13 August”.
Hi there, thank you for your message. There is no impact on existing devices. We will continue to share security and software updates to our devices, as we always have. If you have any questions, please let us know via DM.
— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) August 17, 2020
To which, the Huawei Mobile Twitter account responded: “Hi there, thank you for your message. There is no impact on existing devices. We will continue to share security and software updates to our devices, as we always have. If you have any questions, please let us know via DM.”
The news will come as music to Huawei fans’ ears who had been left wondering if that was it for Google support for certain handsets. However, there is a caveat that needs to be pointed out for Huawei fans.
Google had previously explained that the temporary general license (TGL) is what allowed them to provided security updates to Huawei devices released before May 16 2019.
This had also allowed them to provide updates to Google’s apps and services.
Back in February of this year, Tristan Ostrowski, Android and Play Legal Director, said: “We have continued to work with Huawei, in compliance with government regulations, to provide security updates and updates to Google’s apps and services on existing devices, and we will continue to do so as long as it is permitted. To be clear: US law currently allows Google to only work with Huawei on device models available to the public on or before May 16, 2019.”
In a post online, XDA Developers explained that Huawei devices released before May 16 2019 should still continue to get updates to Google apps and services. However, the Shenzhen-based firm will have to “tread carefully” as this could change if an update is pushed out which breaks compatibility with Google’s apps.
They said: “What will most likely happen is that Huawei devices that already have Google apps will continue to have them, however, Huawei won’t receive support from Google if any changes they make to their builds break compatibility with Google apps. Thus, Huawei will have to tread lightly with pushing software updates if the TGL is not renewed.”