It is one of the biggest doubts of the entire industry, and after seeing the Huawei Mate Xs live and direct, the truth is that Little information could we get from the Chinese giant about the future and its strategy with Android 11, Google services and the upcoming updates of its mobile operating system.
In fact, it is that with Android 11 Developer Preview 1 already available for installation on the first compatible devices and with tens of thousands of Huawei smartphones and tablets activated in our markets, nobody has come to the fore to explain what will happen with Huawei phones and their support for new versions of Android, either older cases with Google Play certification or new devices with HMS … And this is an explanation that the market urgently needs!
Not in vain, and although there is no longer veto by the Trump administration, now Don't be a fan from Huawei by denying Google services and the rest of the American technology, and integrating on the basis of Android Open Source your own service platform Huawei Mobile Services -HMS, for friends-, and without news at this point of a HarmonyOS that seems not to be ready for this exercise.
What will happen to your Huawei phones? Well, good question … Let's discuss it with data and a little imagination!
Huawei, HMS and a life beyond Google
There's no going back for a distrustful Huawei, who already introduced us last year to its Huawei Mate 30 with an Android away from Google to announce shortly after that they will not use Google services again no matter how much the United States lifted the veto. The damage is done, and the road walked cannot be retraced for the Chinese giant.
There have been many expenses and resources allocated to the development of Huawei Mobile Services, and now that they start to get off to a firm foot, they don't want to go back from Shenzhen, now far from their goal of becoming the world's largest smartphone maker by 2020 only because of the Trumpazo, and it is that at the operational level they would have surpassed Samsung a few months ago.
The only thing true in all this is that Huawei has lost its ties with Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm or Intel, among others, but it had the advantage of already using its own components in its majority, such as HiSilicon chipsets, so the biggest loss was that of Google services and APIs, strongly linked to the experience of an Android that at its base remains Open source.
And on that basis of open code is where Huawei has integrated its HMS to provide your mobile with an app purchase service, another location and map service, and a long etc. to extend this to all the basic needs of EMUI to function properly, Huawei’s customization has now become a fork on Android.
This is the key, Huawei now operates with a fork about Android that we can compare to the Amazon Fire OS or to the recent times of Cyanogen OS, without Google services and with many doubts about the compatibility of hundreds of apps and updating to future versions of the operating system.
But some Huawei phones received Android 10, and they still use Google Play!
This is true, both are, and that is that most Huawei and Honor devices prior to the US veto continue to have their Google Play seal and certification, so they can continue to use, and still use, Google Play Services.
It was the Huawei Mate 30 that they released that Android without Google, and although they are certainly far from the search engine company, s have received the base of Android 10 along with a lot of other devices such as the Huawei P30 family, the P20, Mate 20, MatePad Pro, Nova 6, etc …
Honor has also launched several devices with Magic UI 3 based on Android 10, like the Honor V30 and V30 Pro, updating some of its most important old devices.
Be that as it may, it remains to clarify a future that in Huawei happens to do without Google, and above all if upcoming updates to Android 11 remove Google services in previously certified terminals, something that will be at least missed, by limitations in the use of services to which users will be more than accustomed.
In any case, there is no no reason for Huawei to leave their devices without future versions of Android, since Android Open Source Project continue publishing its code as the software license marks, compilables on which Huawei could implement its HMS No problem.
And if they are going to keep updating… How will Huawei and Honor receive Android 11?
Well, it's true that Huawei not to use again Google Play Services and bet on their Huawei Mobile Services as a viable long-term replacement that eliminates dependency on American technology, but so is that you must be calm about the support of updates because there is no reason to run out of Android 11 and later versions.
Huawei itself is working together with the main developers to adapt most important applications to the App Gallery store and to your mobile services, and although HarmonyOS is in development don't arrive soon or completely remove Android from the equation, not at least in a couple of exercises.
So we can expect Huawei to update its terminals with EMUI 11 arrived the day, also those of Honor with Magic UI 4, and according to the rumors and movements seen during all these years, the logical thing is that the following phones update to Android 11 once published the next version of Android:
- Huawei P40 and P40 Pro (rumored)
- Huawei Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro and Mate 30 RS Porsche Design
- Huawei P30 and P30 Pro
- Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20X and Mate 20 RS Porsche Design
- Huawei Mate X
- Huawei MatePad and Huawei MediaPad M6
- Huawei Nova 5, Nova 7i, Nova 5 (all submodels)
- Huawei Enjoy 10, Enjoy 10S and Enjoy 10 Plus
- Honor V30 and V30 Pro
- Honor V20
- Honor 20, 20S, 20 Pro and 20 Youth
- Honor 9X and 9X Pro
Obviously and as indicated by our friends of The Android Soul this list is based on forecasts, rumors and speculation, so there is nothing official nor we know for sure what will be the next steps of Huawei with Android.
In all cases, hopefully the support contine even if only for the base of the operating system, implementing the rest of functions and services already in EMUI and Magic UI in the purest style that Xiaomi does with MIUI, completely sliding the Android base on the improvements of an interface that will surely be updated independently.
And you, tennis some Huawei device? What do you expect from the Chinese manufacturer now that it seems to have abandoned Google Play Services permanently?
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