Google Blocks Huawei From Using Its Apps On Smartphones

Sheri Evans
May 21, 2019

Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products covering those have been sold or still in stock globally.

Analysts predict consumers will abandon Huawei for other smartphone makers if Huawei can only use a stripped-down version of Android.

Google said it had taken steps to "comply with the recent U.S. government actions". The recent tweet has made it clear that the "services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device".

The U.S. government on Monday eased some restrictions imposed last week on China's Huawei, a sign of how the prohibitions on the telecommunications company may have far-reaching and unintended consequences. If future Huawei phones do not come with Play, users may have to buy these apps again, which sounds awful. They say that a source close to the matter has told them Google was forced to suspend business with Huawei that "requires the transfer of hardware and software products". If that happens, it will affect all major USA tech companies since their hardware supply-chain is located in China.

Well, long story short, all future Huawei smartphones will stop receiving Android system updates and security updates as well.

If Huawei were to develop a version of Android based on the open-source licence without Google integration, this would be similar to a custom ROM installed on a rooted device. Crucially, that might mean Huawei no longer gets access to Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail, Google Assistant and Google Play. This includes the Android Operating System as well.

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Chinese tech firm Huawei has responded to the news that Google has banned it from its Android operating system. Huawei lawyers are also studying the effects of the blacklist , a spokesman for the company said on Friday.

Last week, the US Department of Commerce said Huawei Technologies and its entities had been placed on a US trade blacklist for engaging in activities that go against the interests of US national security.

The tech giant confirmed it was blocking Huawei from updating some Android software after the firm was blacklisted by the United States government.

It seems that chip suppliers like Intel and Qualcomm will also be barred from doing business with Huawei.

For the Chinese market, the impact is expected to be minimal.

Reuters also reports that the impact of this decision is unlikely to affect the Chinese market all that much, where most Google mobile apps are already banned.

The risk, ITIF says, is that broad export controls will substantially reduce the very revenues USA technology firms rely on to invest in research and development, thereby undercutting their competitiveness.

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