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Why Google can't dismiss Huawei OS threat

Why Google can't dismiss Huawei OS threat

As far as what form Huawei's back-up OS will take, when it will roll out and where - those details are still a bit sketchy. In a series of interviews with CNBC and The Wall Street Journal, Huawei explained that it wanted to take a "cautious" approach after the issues that have plagued the rival Samsung Galaxy Fold. On a brighter note, the Huawei Mate X has reportedly received the mandatory 3C certification in China, which means its market release is on the horizon. Sailfish OS is also known to be compatible with Android apps as well. Because it's no longer allowed to use Android and Windows on its devices, the Chinese tech giant had to push back several devices, including a Windows laptop that was originally projected to launch this week.

The most immediate effect of this trade blacklisting for consumers is the revocation of Huawei's Android licence, which will prevent it from launching new smartphones with Google-certified versions of Android installed.

Google has said it will no longer provide Android software for Huawei phones after the 90-day postponement granted by the USA government, which expires in August. The Play Store can not come pre-installed on a Huawei phone as long as the US ban is in effect.

The delay comes at a time when it is unclear what will happen to future Huawei smartphones in relation to Android updates.

As another curveball to this story, there have also been reports in recent days that Huawei could decide to work with Russia and use a Russian-created OS as an Android replacement.

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Assange had been transferred to the prison hospital and it's unclear whether he will be able to attend Friday's hearing. The "first real confrontation of arguments" in court will not be for several weeks or months, Mr Hrafnsson said.

"We're not specifically asking anyone to lobby for us".

Still, the timing of the announcement - two product postponements in the space of a week - is going to fuel speculation that Huawei could be feeling the impact of the Trump administration's stepped-up campaign against the company. According to sources, it would first launch on entry-level devices until it is more developed and ready to power Huawei's flagships.

The Finnish company in 2017 secured a new investment to launch the Sailfish China Consortium as part of an effort to build a Chinese version of Sailfish and an alternative to Android.

Last year, one in every three smartphones sold in China was a Huawei device.