One of the biggest carriers in the world, Vodafone, has postponed the launch of the Huawei Mate X foldable smartphone. In a statement, the company says it’s pausing pre-orders for the device because of the uncertainty regarding Android software updates after the Trump presidential decree, banning US companies from dealing with Huawei.
Long term support
Vodafone says it’s a “temporary measure while uncertainty exists regarding new Huawei 5G devices”. British Telecom subsidiary EE also put its foot on the break. CEO Marc Allera said: “we need information and confidence that Huawei devices are going to be supported in the long term.”
Other major European carriers, such as T-Mobile, Orange, KPN and Telefonica have not yet made clear what they will do with the foldable Huawei phone. However, smaller brands such as Dutch company Belsimpel have stated they will continue to offer the device.
Huawei may still bring the phone to market with the full Android experience, as the licensing deal with Google precedes the US ban, but future software updates may be at risk. Also new foldable models will suffer from the ban. Google is only allowed to provide Huawei with the basic open source version of Android, that doesn’t include the Play Store and Google services such as Gmail and the smart voice assistent.
See also: Huawei Mate X hands-on video