Maria Montero

Huawei will no longer have access to Google services or …

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.

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.

The Huawei Technologies logo.  Image: Reuters

The Huawei Technologies logo. Image: Reuters

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.