Huawei phones here unaffected by Google’s action, says telco

Huawei says it will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products. (Bloomberg pic)

PETALING JAYA: A telecommunications company said today Huawei phones associated with its product offerings are not affected by Google cutting off Huawei’s Android licence.

Maxis Berhad said the ban did not have an impact on its phone offerings as customers will still be able to buy a Huawei phone of their choice with any of its plans.

“Huawei has assured its customers that its existing products will not be affected and customers can continue to use its services as usual,” said Maxis in a statement.

Google pulled Huawei’s licence following an executive order by US President Donald Trump which aims to ban the Chinese company’s equipment from US networks.

According to reports, Google has suspended business with Huawei that require the transfer of hardware, software and technical services.

However, Google has confirmed that its Google Play app store will continue to function for existing Huawei device users.

Huawei’s phones are not on sale in the US following concern by the US government about the company’s link to the Chinese government, so this ban will not really affect US consumers.

However, it is more likely to have an effect in the United Kingdom and Europe, some of Huawei’s biggest phone markets.

Yesterday, the US government temporarily eased some of the restrictions on Huawei, which means that for the next three months, the company is allowed to purchase US-made goods and provide software updates to existing Huawei handsets.

Google has not published an update to its statement yesterday.

In a statement, Huawei said: “Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally.”

FMT did not receive a response from Celcom and Digi.