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We reported Sunday afternoon that Huawei is walking on thin ice after Google announced that it was pulling the company's Android license. With Google's actions -- which are a result of a Trump Administration ban on U.S. companies collaborating with the Chinese smartphone giant stemming from concerns over spying -- future Huawei smartphones won't have access to the mainline Android Q operating system or OS updates.  In addition to that crippling body blow, Huawei is also forbidden from accessing the Google Play Store -- which is crucial outside of the Chinese market -- and can’t access Google apps like Gmail and Google Maps. “We are complying with the order and reviewing... Read more...
The U.S. government's war on Huawei – which has risen to become the world’s second-largest smartphone OEM -- has just taken a rather interesting turn. According to a report out this afternoon, Google has suspended its business operations with Huawei following the Trump Administration's recent move to add the Chinese-based company to a trade blacklist.  In effect, U.S. companies are now forbidden from working with Huawei over fears that it is in cahoots with the Chinese government to spy on U.S. interests and its allies (both in the consumer sector and in government operations). According to a Reuters report, Huawei will "immediately lose" access... Read more...
Google has offered Device Protection for Android devices for quite some time. It provides Android users with some safeguards in case your device is unfortunately lost or stolen. Google describes Device Protection, stating: You can set up your device to prevent other people from using it if it gets reset to factory settings without your permission. For example, if your device is lost, stolen, or wiped after you've set it up to prevent others from using it, then only someone with your Google Account or screen lock information could use your device. However, a new update recently hit the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) that will make restoring and using a stolen device even tougher for criminals.... Read more...