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Rumor Control: No, You Shouldn’t Sell Your Huawei Phone Because Of The Ban

Stop being ridiculous

Since news of the ban on Huawei hit and the potential effect it could have on customers, many have been worrying about the future of their phones from the Chinese giant. People are panicking, and are seriously considering selling their newly bought phones second hand for a loss.

Frankly, this is ridiculous.

While Huawei is effectively losing the ability to license and use Google services moving forward, current Huawei models in the market WILL NOT be losing access to Google services, and everything will function as normal.

Here’s a direct quote from the Reuters report:

Holders of current Huawei smartphones with Google apps, however, will continue to be able to use and download app updates provided by Google, a Google spokesperson said, confirming earlier reporting by Reuters.

“We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications,” the Google spokesperson said.

“For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices,” the spokesperson said, without giving further details.

And the definitive word from Google themselves:


The biggest problem here is that you’ll be losing timely security updates to Android Pie, and your phone will likely not be updated to the next version of Android.

Obviously, that’s not ideal, but that doesn’t mean your newly bought P30 Pro, P30 or any other recently bought device is now a useless paperweight. You’ll be able to enjoy your phone as normal. You already paid for the thing full price, now you want to sell it at a huge loss?

Moving forward, things are not set in stone. Huawei is a recent casualty in an escalating trade war with the US, and China is likely to respond with a stiffer tariff or penalty that may or may not reverse the decision. Huawei may respond with legal action (as it has done in the past), or it can appeal the decision.

The point is things are not set in stone yet, and the situation is incredibly fluid. There’s still a lot of things that can change moving forward, and the bottom line is that you can still enjoy using their phones without having to worry about being cut off from Google services.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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  1. I think they are trying to sell the affected gadgets low now to cut their losses and avoid selling them for much much lower prices as this issue drags on. In other words, they betting the situation will not improve.

  2. Having the latest version of Android isn’t as big of a deal as it used to be, but losing timely security updates is a very bad thing. It’s a shame really, because from what I’ve seen Huawei has actually been pretty good in terms of security updates.

    It’s going to be even worse for Huawei’s future devices. They’re fine on the hardware front as they make their own SoCs (and modems AFAIK). On the software side, they can use AOSP, but not having access to Google services is going to be a problem. More tech-savvy users can install these separately of course, but good luck asking regular users to do that. They can also develop their own OS, but getting developers on board will be a huge problem.

  3. Hello!

    Will this apply also for phones that are still on the market? I was supposed to buy a P30 Pro in 2 days and now I am confused…

  4. Go to an auction site and see for yourself how many are ditching their huawei devices, like the current P30 at half the price lol.

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