Google’s Huawei blacklisting: How will this affect Honor smartphones?

One of the biggest stories from the weekend was Google’s announcement that it will be changing the way it deals with smartphone giant Huawei, following trade sanctions imposed on Chinese firms by the USA’s Trump administration.

The order from the US government, with which Google is complying, means that Huawei will not be receiving Android updates, and will have to fall back on the version that’s available through an open-source licence. In the future, assuming nothing changes, this will also likely mean that Google-owned apps such as Google Maps and YouTube will be unavailable on Huawei devices.

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Jon Stapley

Jon spent years at IPC Media writing features, news, reviews and other photography content for publications such as Amateur Photographer and What Digital Camera in both print and digital form. With his additional experience for outlets like Photomonitor, this makes Jon one of our go-to specialists when it comes to all aspects of photography, from cameras and action cameras to lenses and memory cards, flash diffusers and triggers, batteries and memory cards, selfie sticks and gimbals, and much more besides.  

An NCTJ-qualified journalist, he has also contributed to Shortlist, The Skinny, ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, The Guardian, Trusted Reviews, CreativeBLOQ, and probably quite a few others I’ve forgotten.