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Should existing Huawei phone owners be worried about losing Google and Android access?

Most Huawei phone owners were in frantic mode when the news broke out that Google has severed its ties with Huawei in compliance with the new directives issued by US President Donald Trump. Trump signed into law an executive order to stop US companies from using telecommunications equipment made by “foreign adversaries” deemed to pose a national security risk.

Soon after Trump signed the order — the Commerce Department added Huawei and its affiliates to its “entity list” of companies considered to pose a risk to either national security or foreign policy interests. A definite big blow to the phone company.

Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng urged the US to “stop its incorrect actions” which threaten “additional harm to China-US economic and trade relations.

In compliance to the said order, Google has suspended business operations with Huawei effectively immediately. In a report by Reuters, ““Huawei Technologies Co Ltd will immediately lose access to updates to the Android operating system, and the next version of its smartphones outside of China will also lose access to popular applications and services including the Google Play Store and Gmail app.”

So what will happen to existing Huawei owners? Should they be worried?

In a Twitter post, the Android team tweeted the following:

“For Huawei users’ questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all US gov’t requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.”

So there you go, existing Huawei users need not worry after all.

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