Google has reportedly halted business with Huawei apart from open source licensing. The move will obstruct Huawei from receiving Android OS updates. Thus Huawei’s upcoming phones outside China will no longer have access to Google’s apps and services. It is the latest blow to the Chinese tech giant complying with orders of the US government which intends to ban Huawei across the globe. A Google spokesperson said, they are obeying Trump’s executive order and looking for implications.
On Sunday Reuters firstly reported about the crucial decision. According to the publisher, Google seeks to free itself. Thus the U.S. software giant has halted all business with Huawei, except those services available as open-source. Now Huawei will only have access to the public version of Android. The Chinese company cannot access proprietary apps and other services. The news arrives after Trump administration’s move. On Thursday the U.S. government has added Huawei to entity list that restricts its potential to do business with American companies. It will require the government’s approval for further deals. As per the U.S. Commerce Department, it is halting business with Huawei in order to avoid interruption of existing network and operations.
Still, Huawei will have access to AOSP (Android Open Source Project), the version available via the open source license. The project is available for everyone who wants to use it, and Google says there are around 2.5 billion active Android devices globally. Existing users of Huawei smartphones will continue to have access to Google’s latest app and updates. As per a Google representative, the Google Play and Google Play Protect will continue to work on present-day Huawei devices. But the suspension could affect Huawei’s smartphone business spread across the world. The loss of access to Google’s Android OS will have a greater impact on Huawei. On the other hand, Huawei said it had developed its own technology in case Google obstructs it from using Android. The company noted some of the new technology is already used in its products available in China.