Google has blocked Huawei from some updates to the Android OS, a big shock to the Chinese company. Additionally, future Huawei smartphones will also lose access to any Google services, including the Play Store.
The move comes after the United States added the company to a list (Entity List) of companies that US firms cannot trade with unless they have a license. It means Huawei can’t purchase equipment from the US companies without prior government approval. Google said it was “complying with the order and reviewing the implications”.
There’s good news for the current Huawei and Honor devices. The existing Huawei devices won’t be immediately influenced by this move. The Play Store and Google’s applications will still work on those existing devices.
Here’s the official response:
“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.”
There’s bad news too, Google will no longer give software updates for the current device owners, and it won’t certify new devices. It means the Android 10 Q/EMUI 10 will never come to your compatible devices. The company already released a list of eligible devices for the Android 10 Q.
Well, Huawei isn’t stopped from using Google’s Android open-source libraries. Huawei uses Google’s AOSP to make EMUI’s core structures as well as release software updates to its devices in China, where Google services are not available.
Huawei previously suggested that it has an OS in the works that could succeed Android on its devices.
Statement regarding U.S. Commerce Department’s addition of Huawei on the so-called Entity List:
“Huawei is against the decision made by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the US Department of Commerce.
This decision is in no one’s interest. It will do significant economic harm to the American companies with which Huawei does business, affect tens of thousands of American jobs, and disrupt the current collaboration and mutual trust that exist on the global supply chain.
Huawei will seek remedies immediately and find a resolution to this matter. We will also proactively endeavor to mitigate the impacts of this incident.”
Huawei released ‘MeeTime Space’ feature
The smartphone-maker Huawei offers a bunch of system apps for its devices including MeeTime. This is one of the most popular applications among them. It has a bunch of exciting features with HarmonyOS capabilities that made the video calling more fun.
Meanwhile, the Chinese phone maker continuously improving this app and provide more features. In the latest edition, it has released the latest 126.96.36.1996 version update for Huawei MeeTime users that has brought a new feature called “MeeTime Space”.
Now, it’s time to explore this new feature-
New Huawei MeeTime Space Feature:
After installing the 188.8.131.526 update users can spot this new feature on their respective devices. It will allow them to share mood dynamics with their associates. It’s a similar feature the can be found on WeChat Moments.
At the same time, users can also build exclusive group spaces gathering at one place with the allies who have the same kinds of things to share with you.
About Huawei MeeTime:
Huawei’s MeeTime is a video calling application that comes pre-installed on Huawei devices in the supported regions. It supports HD voice and video calls on various screen sizes that include smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and smart screens.
In addition, it offers a bunch of handy features such as call diversion, lo-light enhancement, beauty mode, screen sharing, and 360-degree background switching, and more. However, it’s only active in few counties at present, but the company will add support for the remaining regions soon.
Huawei strengthens cooperation with Indonesia cyber security
Huawei is deepening its collaboration with Indonesia cyber security and provide its knowledge and resources to empower local security arrangements. On 28th September, Huawei Indonesia, BSSN (National Cyber Security Agency), and IT Del Information Technology Institute carried out the signing ceremony in Jakarta.
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei Indonesia Mr. Chen Min, President of Huawei Asia Pacific Liu Hongyun, and Minister of Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Investment Coordination Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan marked the collaboration agreement.
Since 2019, the Chinese giant and Indonesian cyber security have jointly conducted a number of activities including training, web seminars, and some collective project. To date, more than 7,000 employees of government and civil sectors have attended and receive benefits from it.
During the signing ceremony, Indonesian Minister emphasizes that Huawei’s powerful and advanced technologies are quite popular in the country. Simultaneously, it’s working to contribute to the country’s digital infrastructure, and talents to welcome the green and smart future.
On the other hand, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei deems that Indonesia has a great potential for promoting “intelligentization” in everyday operations. Furthermore, the 5G, AI, wireless, and radar technologies are applicable in filed such as coal mines to higher safety standards. Moreover, the Chinese tech firm acknowledges the country’s long-term support for the team.
About Huawei Indonesia Branch:
Huawei took 21 years in reaching from five employees to 2000 plus in Indonesia. At present, 90% of its employees are Indonesian which is the main reason behind its popularity in the country. The company has opened an “I Do” project series focused on different aspects. It mainly includes,
- Society Welfare Project- I Do Care
- Public-Private Project- I Do Collaborate
- Digital Talent Project- I Do Contribute
- AI Technology Project– I Do Create
In particular, the I Do Contribute project aims to refine about 100,000 local digital talents by 2025. It’ll empower and made a solid framework for Indonesia in terms of skills, talents, and resources in advanced ICT technologies.
French Mathematician Laurent Lafforgue joins Huawei team
Laurent Lafforgue, a famous French mathematician and winner of the mathematics Fields Medal has joined the Huawei team, making it stronger in terms of research. In recent years, Lafforgue’s work on topos theory has led him to develop a collaboration with the research teams of Huawei France.
Discussions between Lafforgue and Huawei researchers, which began in 2017, first led to a two-year project, focused on topos theory and funded by Huawei, and then, in 2019, to the creation of the Huawei Chair in algebraic geometry at IHES, of which Professor Lafforgue was the first holder.
IHES reports, as of September 1, 2021, Laurent Lafforgue joined Huawei France to continue this work further in conjunction with the company’s research teams with whom he has worked so far.
About Laurent Lafforgue:
Laurent Lafforgue is a French mathematician who is known for making contributions to Langlands Conjectures. He received the Fields Medal in 2002 at the 24th International Congress of Mathematicians in Beijing and Clay Research Award in 2000 at Paris Millennium Meeting.
Huawei not only respects talents but also welcomes them for polishing their skills to jointly bring more convenience for the people. The company has always invested in scientific research and development of which is also counted first among the Chinese firms.
In this line, China has published the top 500 research and development Chinese companies that invest the most in research and development. Huawei is the first ranked research and development investor with an R&D investment of 141.893 billion yuan for 2020.
(Via – IHES)