Google to Restrict Huawei From Android Operating System

Google confirms Huawei users will still have access to some of its services

Google May Suspend Doing Business with Huawei (Report)

Huawei was added to the US Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Entity List on 15 May 2019; that list restricts the transfer of technology US technology to Huawei, with the BIS saying that: "Huawei is engaged in activities that are contrary to US national security or foreign policy interest".

All of this is licensed from Google by manufacturers, and this means that Huawei will not have access to these applications when developing new Android devices. With Immediate effect, Google has to suspend transactions with Huawei that include proprietary software and services (and hardware).

"For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices", the spokesperson said, without giving further details. A report from Reuters claims Google is ceasing most partnerships with Huawei, and future phones from the company won't have access to the Play Store and other services.

Huawei has denied, and keeps denying the accusations.

Several media outlets reported that The Chinese tech-giant Huawei has developed its own operating system that could replace Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows should it be barred from using American-made products.

Google said it is "reviewing the implications" of last week's order requiring export licenses for technology sales to Huawei.

Moving forward, new Huawei devices won't have access to Android updates or Google technical support other than what is available through an open source license.

The order - which empowers the United States government to ban the technology and services of "foreign adversaries" deemed to pose "unacceptable risks" to national security - did not name specific countries or companies.

The shocking development has come after the Trump administration added Huawei to a list of companies that American firms can not trade with unless they have a licence.

Although both Huawei and the Chinese government have firmly refuted the claims, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States banned Huawei from participating in government contracts a year ago. The last Huawei phone to officially launch in the US was the Mate 10 Pro in early 2018, though the more recent Huawei P30 Pro is available unlocked from some USA retailers if you buy the Latin American version of the phone.

The impact is expected to be minimal in the Chinese market. Its US market share is small, but outside the US, Huawei is a major player. Most Google mobile apps are banned in China, where alternatives are offered by domestic competitors such as Tencent and Baidu.

Mere days before executing this order the U.S. Commerce Department announced that Huawei was one of the companies that presented a potential security risk to the country.

Google, like all tech companies, collaborates directly with smartphone makers to ensure its systems are compatible with their devices.

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