Google has suspended the business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware and software products, except those covered by open source licenses, according to a source close to the matter. Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese tech company that the US government has tried to blacklist around the world.
To put it in simpler terms, Huawei will no longer have access to security updates and technical support from Google, and future devices will no longer have apps like YouTube and Google Maps. How clarified by the BBC in a report, Huawei can continue to use the Android operating system as it is available through an open source license.
Google’s change comes after the United States added Huawei to its “Entity List” last week, essentially meaning that American companies can no longer do business with Huawei without explicit government approval.
Details of specific services were still being discussed internally at Google, according to the source. Huawei’s lawyers are also studying the impact of actions by the US Department of Commerce, a Huawei spokesman said on Friday. Huawei was not immediately available for further comment.
Huawei will continue to have access to the version of the Android operating system available through the open source license that is open to anyone who wishes to use it.
Oh man. We’ll see where Google / Huawei develops, but stopping consumers from upgrading to Android (plus) doesn’t bring joy.
I have spent much of my career dealing with maybe, and I fully recognize that the threat model of most people is not usually a nation.
– Lesley Carhart (@ hacks4pancakes) May 19, 2019
But Google will stop providing technical support and collaboration for Android and Google services to Huawei in the future, the source said.
On Thursday, the Trump administration officially placed Huawei on a trade blacklist, and immediately implemented restrictions that will make it extremely difficult for the tech giant to do business with US companies.
Tech2 has reached out to Huawei India for comment on how this will work for Indian owners of Huawei smartphones and will update the story accordingly.
Several countries on Huawei’s blacklist
The United States is not the only country on the Chinese smartphone and telecommunications giant’s blacklist. Currently, Huawei is facing a growing backlash from several countries, led by the United States.
But why? According to the United States, Huawei’s devices and equipment have the potential to be used by China for surveillance. Australia and New Zealand recently prevented Huawei and ZTE from supplying equipment for their 5G network, which will launch commercially in 2019.
Meanwhile, the German government was considering banning Huawei from providing 5G equipment in the country, saying security concerns are of “high relevance.” According to a previous report, the European Union is also considering proposals that would effectively amount to a de facto ban on Huawei equipment for 5G mobile networks.
Huawei has vehemently reiterated that its work poses no threat and that it is independent from the Chinese government.
Does Huawei have a backup plan?
According to Google, Huawei will continue to have access to the version of the Android operating system available through the open source license, known as the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which is available for free.
Huawei has said that it has spent the last few years preparing some kind of contingency plan by developing its own technology in case the use of Android is blocked. Some of this technology is already being used in products sold in China, the company said.
In an interview with ReutersHuawei’s rotating chairman Eric Xu said: “No matter what happens, the Android community has no legal right to prevent a company from accessing its open source license.”
Popular Google apps such as Gmail, YouTube, and the Chrome browser that are available through the Google Play Store will disappear from future Huawei phones, as those services are not covered by the open source license and require a commercial agreement with Google.
But existing Huawei device users who have access to the Google Play Store will be able to download the app updates provided by Google.
After the incident, Android’s official Twitter handler posted a tweet to let users know that they will comply with the US government.
For questions from Huawei users regarding our steps to comply with recent actions by the US government: We assure you that, while complying with all US government requirements, services such as Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will continue to work on your existing Huawei. device.
– Android (@Android) May 20, 2019
They were inundated with tweets from concerned users who expressed their frustrations over the situation.
It is not about continuing to function. And if tomorrow Trump decides to put Samsung or Xiaomi on that blacklist? As users, consumers and customers, we need to know that you are looking for us, not because of that crazy craze.
– Mahoricio (@mahoricioo) May 20, 2019
I was seriously looking at the P30 Pro. But now I’m not sure. Thanks for nothing Trump!
– David Braz (@dvdbraz) May 20, 2019
So because of a US law, does it really punish millions of international users by banning them?
How Can Consumers Outside the United States Trust You? I wonder what’s next.
– Andreas Benjaminsen (@photolsen) May 20, 2019
The bad decisions of such an inept government should not stop the technological development achieved. Users don’t deserve to back down!
– Randy (@randytter) May 20, 2019
In the name of “national security” anything is granted; don’t kneel before protectionism remember your roots pic.twitter.com/HL4TnSByYf
– JSMN ❌ (@jsmnX) May 20, 2019
What about people in the UK?
– DJ Broke Woke Bruce (@DeejBruce) May 20, 2019
Necessity is the mother of all invention. Best wishes to Huawei that its own operating system will soon bring money to Android and Windows 4 run. With the support of a sizeable domestic population, why not? Next, PRC announces that the two operating systems will soon be unable to operate at Unicom & China Telecom.
– OMG Malaysia (@omgmalaysia) May 20, 2019
I hope so. I am very concerned about owning a P30 Pro that I bought a month ago. I don’t know if I will have any more updates. Many people are very concerned about that too …
– Ania K. (@ kuleczka1983) May 20, 2019
This is ridiculous. The P30 Pro is better than any other iPhone I’ve ever owned and now because Trump is exaggerating. I am in favor of Huawei and hope a solution will be found soon.
– ~ * Em.K * ~ (@MarySedai) May 20, 2019
Huawei user NOW pic.twitter.com/oFPI1VZNwg
– Abo Humad (@ Ab0Humad) May 20, 2019
With inputs from Reuters
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