There’s been a lot of confusion around Huawei and Honor devices over the last month or so – whether it’s a good idea to buy a Huawei or Honor device right now. For those unaware, Huawei has been put into an ‘entity list’ by the Trump Administration which bars all US companies from doing any sort of business with the Chinese tech major. While there are a lot of technicalities involved, two key repercussions of the ban include – a) Huawei’s HiSilicon subsidiary can’t use ARM blueprints to make future mobile processors, b) Huawei can’t access Google’s Android in all its totality.
While Huawei has stayed silent on the former aspect, the latter is something that it has been openly talking about – possibly because it has been working on its own in-house operating system for some time now.
Moreover, Huawei has also been assuring existing users that it would continue to have their back – note that the ban does not immediately cover Huawei and Honor devices that have already been sold (and will be sold by August) which in plain sight means that all existing Huawei and Honor devices will continue to receive necessary updates like business as usual. Also, it means unlike newer devices (that will be launched post August), existing Huawei and Honor devices will have the Google Play Store and other key Google services, and users will be able to use them as before.
Honor has recently launched its new Honor 20 series in India, and it has been spreading the word like-wise. Today, in an official statement, Honor has reiterated its commitment to users saying “all Honor smartphones and tablets will continue to receive security patches and Android updates. Also, anyone who has already bought an Honor smartphone or is planning to buy, can continue to access the world of apps as they have always done.”
Honor has also confirmed (again) that all Honor 20 series smartphones, that is, the Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20i, will get Android Q.
In the meanwhile, Huawei has confirmed that its home-made answer to Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows operating systems will be ready soon and the company will be ready to deploy them in China by autumn this year in the worst-case scenario. Their international counterparts will be ready for rollout by Q1 or Q2 of 2020.