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Huawei has instantly lost access to Android and Google Updates

Huawei has replied to Google’s forced cutting business ties with the manufacturer. The firm noted in an emailed press statement that it’ll provide security patches and after-sales service to all existing devices:

Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry.

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. We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.

The news comes a few days after
the U.S. Commerce Department added Huawei to its Entity List. This means U.S.
firms will need to seek government approval if they want to engage in business
dealings with Huawei. Aside from Google, Intel and Qualcomm have also
cut business ties with the manufacturer in order to abide by the listing.

Update 1: May 19, 2019 (11:50PM
ET): 
Google has released a new statement regarding the Huawei
situation, this time via the Android Twitter account. As
seen below, the company states that current Huawei (and likely Honor) phones
will continue having access to services like Google Play and security from
Google Play Protect.

Also read: Intel,
Qualcomm join Google in cutting off business with Huawei

Google plans to comply with the
U.S. government’s order to place Huawei on its Entity List. It’s still unclear
what effect this decision will have on the future of Huawei.

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.


Android (@Android) May 20, 2019

Original post, May 19, 2019
(3:14 pm ET): 
Google has suspended business operations
with Huawei effectively immediately, a forced move that will have a
dramatic impact on Huawei devices across the globe.

According to Reuters, citing a source
close to the matter, Google was forced into suspending business with Huawei
that “requires the transfer of hardware and software products.”

“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
,” Reuters noted.

This effectively means no
further Android security updates for devices new and old, including the
recent P30 and P30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro, and many more.

Google’s actions come after
the U.S. Commerce Department’s announcement on Wednesday, which
placed Huawei and some 68 affiliates on a so-called Entity List, a trade
blacklist, following an executive order signed by U.S. President Trump.

This is the same list that ZTE was added to and subsequently removed from, over the course of 2018, which caused it massive disruption. Huawei is now effectively forbidden from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without U.S. government approval – which includes Android. If the story is accurate, this would be a massive blow to Huawei.

One of Huawei’s arms, its HiSilicon chip division, had stated it has “long been ready” for any ban, while Huawei has previously mentioned it has been preparing for six years or more for any ban of Android. Honor, a sub-brand of Huawei, had been set to launch the Honor 20 on Tuesday, May 21, in London — it’s unclear what will now happen.

(Update: As of May 20, 2019

an Honor representative has said “nothing has changed” and that the launch will go ahead as planned.)

The Chinese giant said in a
statement earlier this week that it was “against the decision made by the
Bureau of Industry and Security of the U.S. Department of Commerce.”

Android Authority has
contacted Huawei and Google for comment.

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The Future of “going Live” on Social Media Platforms

Over the past year, it seems as though almost everyone is going “live.” You know, those notifications on Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram giving us real-time looks or even exclusive, behind the scenes footage. Yes, this phenomenon on our social feeds has only increased to becoming almost a daily occurrence, meaning it’s not going away anytime soon.

While the practice of live streaming has been around longer than the webcam, the usage of it on social media is still in its infancy. Of course, a this evolution stems from the natural progression from simply taking short videos on mobile phones to broadcasting them on social networks. We now look towards social as one of our primary providers of news and entertainment, with live feeds giving us an immediate look at the world.Whether it be a music festival or protest, we’re constantly seeing events as they unfold. And when we think back to the power that social media has brought on in the past, this is only going to add more fuel to the fire. The influence that live streaming is only going to get more powerful in the future, as people will find usage for it like we’ve never seen before. Even as much as it seemed like the next logical step, live streaming is an enormous step towards changing social media forever.

Live Streaming Has Exploded

If you’re on Facebook, then at some point today you’ll most likely receive a notification that some person or company is “Live.” It’s no secret why Facebook promotes these posts as they not only are happening in real time, but that immediate access plays a significant role in looking at our audience as well as when they’re participating.

And while Facebook has been one of the most prominent players in the world of live streaming, other social platforms have started to catch on to the wave as well. The current trend has shown YouTube and Facebook being tied almost neck-and-neck, with Snapchat closely behind. Going live on facebook influences new followers and for you to reach the pinnacle you planning to reach you should really invest in Buy Live views to speed up the process of getting the recognition you sorely deserve

One insight gleaned from this new trend is the growing relationship of streaming platforms, like Netflix and Hulu, opening the door for us to receive live content on social platforms. As we’ve gravitated away from our TV’s and more towards our phones, tablets, and computer, these outlets have become primary sources to receiving news and entertainment. In fact, this change has been occurring so rapidly that the most recent presidential debates were some of the most popular live streams in history. However, it’s not just news and media outlets taking part as brands have been entering the live streaming realm too.

Where Brands Fit In

Brands usage of live streaming has entered the market in a variety of different ways. From product launches to social campaigns, live streams have provided brands with an opportunity to connect with their audiences in real-time in a way we haven’t seen before.

Viewers can now react as an event is happening, giving marketers immediate feedback into gauging the response of a campaign or product. More, this can help curb “social media” disasters as if the video is getting a poor response; then they can cut the cord immediately. In yet, so far the responses have been great, giving marketers and brands a leg up in terms of creating more engagement within their community.

With New Trends, the Tech Is To Follow

As live streaming has become more ubiquitous, tech companies have followed suite in creating new ways to be able to stream. Not only have we found ways for drones to live stream that foundation has also transformed into more companies entering the market as well.

For example, companies like Freecast are setting the bar regarding innovation within the live streaming industry. Freecast offers users the ability to stream straight from their camera onto any platform. This is not only the first instance of being able to broadcast HDMI-enabled footage but additionally being able to have multiple cameras and angles all on the same feed. While they’re still an early one to market, it’s showing that live streaming is here to stay, and with it will only come more and more changes in how we digest media.