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So, with the latest news of Google blocking Huawei from Android updates, what does this actually mean?

Since Android is open source (via AOSP), Huawei should be perfectly able to continue using Android, and even create their own derivative from it, as the article says.

The only thing that Google could do, is disallow their Apps suite, with the play store (as again per the article). But Huawei should be in a strong enough position to build their own app store and provide their own apps. (Could they use Open GApps?)

In the end, this will force Huawei in a position as a strong competitor to Google, especially, but not exclusively, in their China home market.

So, how should this ban actually hurt Huawei?

Notes:

  • To keep this question focused on Android, I explicitly exclude the use of what Huawei calls their "Backup OS", but just focus on which parts of Android could be "banned".
  • Also, I would expect answers to apply to any Android phone manufacturer, not Huawei specifically (Or is there something special about Android on Huawei devices I did miss?)
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    Building you own store is easy. Plenty of stores are out there. Building replacement APIs of Play Services (a plethora of useful apps are dependent on Play Services APIs, including the safetynet API upon which financial apps depend) can be very hard. And that wouldn't guarantee a smooth user experience either. Huawei furthermore cannot build an app ecosystem around itself. Microsoft with millions at disposal tried to build the app ecosystem for Windows phone, and then packed up from this business a few years later. – Firelord May 20 at 21:10
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    XDA has a good article here: xda-developers.com/google-revoke-huawei-android-ban-blacklist – Firelord May 20 at 21:11
  • @Firelord A great article indeed. But I still have a hard time understanding why they can not simply go the ASOP+EMUI route, even without preinstalled GApps. Installing OpenGAPPS with LineageOS was easy enough for me, with a little help this should be doable for anyone. – Marcel May 20 at 21:29
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    "with a little help this should be doable for anyone." I know some non-tech-savvy users who don't understand and are afraid to even touch the Android's Settings app... I'm not sure if they are comfortable enough to access Recovery mode and flash Open GApps... – Andrew T. May 21 at 0:50
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    I was asking myself the exact same question. Does anyone know what is the procedure for a vendor to ship its Android version with the playstore pre-installed ? (because I guess that's what their collaboration with Google leads to. It's to have access to the playstore, hence all the Google apps) – Arthur Attout May 21 at 18:22

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