Trouble is brewing for Huawei, after the phone brand immediately lost access to Google’s Android operating system updates. The action followed as a result of Trump and the US government attempting to blacklist Huawei around the world.
As per Reuters:
Google has suspended all business with Huawei that involves ‘the transfer of hardware, software, and technical services, except those publicly available via open source licensing.’
The Chinese technology company was dealt a huge blow earlier this week following the fallout. The move means future Huawei smartphones, which are powered by Android, will not have access to Google apps and services, such as the Google Play Store, Gmail, and YouTube. It's sure to act as a deterrent for consumers who were considering purchasing a Huawei handset. “Huawei will only be able to use the public version of Android and will not be able to get access to proprietary apps and services from Google,” a source told Reuters. However, at the time of writing, current Huawei users will be able to use and download updates for Google apps.
The company’s statement following the decision is as follows:
Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry. Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally. We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.
“We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications,” a Google spokesperson added.