Huawei will no longer be able to update its old Android smartphones

Huawei can no longer use Google’s mobile services in its new smartphones but it could still update the models released before the decree signed by Donald Trump in May 2019. But the exemption period is coming to an end.

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In May 2019, United States President Donald Trump signed a national security decree that restricts trade relations between the Huawei Group and American companies.

While the manufacturer was able to continue using Android on its smartphones launched after this decree, it was unable to pre-install Google’s mobile services and in particular the application download portal.

However, to prevent consumers and customers with Huawei devices from being harmed, the restriction has been relaxed to let regional operators with Huawei devices and Huawei smartphone owners continue to receive updates, pending to find alternatives.

The measure is now coming to an end and does not look set to be renewed, according to the sources, which means users of old Huawei smartphones and tablets will no longer receive updates for Android in the future.

This should particularly concern the Huawei Mate 20 and Huawei P30 generations which were launched before the signing of the decree, and any versions released since.

After the blocking of access to GMS services and the impossibility of having its Kirin processors produced by the Taiwanese founder TSMC, Huawei still risks having to deal with this new difficulty, even if it has started to promote its own services.