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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Will Continue To Work On Huawei Phones

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Will Continue To Work On Huawei Phones”

Huawei has said that it could roll out a custom operating system "very quickly", though whether it would be based on the version of Android (sans Google services) it now uses in China or on something else is not very clear - just like everything else in this complicated situation.

Google revoked Huawei's Android license when President Donald Trump added Huawei to its Entity List, mandating that all U.S. companies request permission from the Federal Government to do business with Huawei. It's also worth noting that Huawei has also reportedly been in negotiations with 3rd party app store, Aptoide, as another alternative. The trade war between the USA and China is wreaking havoc with Huawei's relationship with Google.

Huawei is testing two variants of its operating system - one for the Chinese market called HongMeng OS and the other for the global market called, Oak OS.

Amid the USA trade restrictions placed on Huawei, the Chinese tech giant must find an alternative to the Google Play Store. According to a new report, Huawei is now approaching app developers to create apps for its own app store - AppGallery. After August, all its new phones will not have access to the Google Playstore as well the Facebook apps. "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". Leaks are most likely coming, so even if the OS only ends up seeing daylight in the spring, we should start learning things about it before long.

Said scenario could come into effect in a couple of months if no trade agreement between China and the United States is reached, as President Trump's reprieve will expire and a long list of key Huawei partners and major components suppliers are expected to cut all business ties with the controversial tech giant. Google says the Android hybrid is likely to contain bugs, making it more vulnerable to hacks and threatening the security of millions of Huawei handsets in the U.S. and worldwide. Obviously, the Google Play Store is off limits, but some possibilities are the company's own AppGallery or the independent Android app store Aptoide.



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