The Trump administration ban on Huawei is sure to have wide-ranging and long lasting effects on cellular companies around the globe. Google has suspended business operations with Huawei effectively immediately; Google also has released a new statement regarding the situation, via the Android Twitter account.
“For Huawei users’ questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all US gov’t requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.”
Huawei has been under pressure from President Trump and the US government over fears that its equipment could be used by the Chinese government to spy on American networks. These fears have been under construction for a long time; in past US intelligence agencies warned against using Huawei and ZTE devices.
According to Reuters, citing a source.“Huawei Technologies Co Ltd will immediately lose access to updates to the Android operating system, and the next version of its smart phones outside of China will also lose access to popular applications and services including the Google Play Store and Gmail app,” Reuters noted.
Huawei will continue to have access to the version of the Android operating system available through the open source license that is freely open to anyone who wishes to use it. But Google will stop providing any technical support and collaboration for Android and Google involving its proprietary apps and services going forward. This means no further updates will be available for Huawei cell phones till the ban will be lifted.
The company was already preparing its own operating systems in the event of being banned from using Android and Windows, but given US fears about foreign interference, a home-grown OS is likely to face even more scrutiny than Google’s software. Google’s actions come after the U.S. Commerce Department’s announcement on Wednesday, which placed Huawei and some 68 affiliates on a so-called Entity List, a trade blacklist, following an order signed by U.S. President Trump.
Details of the specific services affected by the suspension are still being discussed internally at Google, according to the source. Huawei is also studying the impact of the blacklist, a Huawei spokesman said on Friday.