Google restricts Huawei's access to Android after Trump blacklist

Google suspends Huawei's access to Android Play Store Gmail services after Trump blacklist

Google restricts Huawei's access to Android after Trump blacklist

This includes the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source, Reuters reported on Sunday quoting a source familiar with the matter.

A Google spokesperson said the company is "complying with the order and reviewing the implications" without giving details. Functionally, the revoked Android license means delayed Google updates and, for Huawei's future devices, no access to apps like Gmail or the Play Store. Even though it looks like Huawei will no longer have access to Android OS updates, the company's smartphones will still get security updates thanks to Google Play Protect, which is very important if you want your Huawei phone to be safe from malware.

Last week, the United States added Huawei to its "Entity List", meaning USA companies can't do business with Huawei without explicit government approval.

Controversy around Huawei has until this point centred on its telecommunications infrastructure business, which sells gear to phone companies to run their networks.

The specifics of how this will play out and materially affect Huawei customers isn't clear right now.

Huawei has recently been increasing the development and production of its own chips exactly to reduce its reliance on such USA companies.

A new report from Reuters today says that Google has cut some business ties to Chinese tech giant Huawei following the United States government placing the company on a trade blacklist. Since Huawei is now included in the trade blacklist, it will be very hard for the Chinese firm to do business with USA counterparts.

Buying and selling a Huawei, Oppo or other Chinese smartphone has suddenly become a major risk for both consumers and those that sell the Chinese made devices claim industry executives.

Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx and Broadcom did not immediately respond to requests for comments on the Bloomberg report.

Representatives of the US Commerce Department did not immediately comment.

INSIDE STORY: Why is Huawei so controversial? That makes it nearly impossible for Huawei to do any business with the US. Fresh information reveals that Google has suspended some of its business with Huawei after the latter was recently added to the Entity List.

"If this stands, it's a pretty big blow", he told Al Jazeera from San Francisco, in the U.S. state of California.

Most Google mobile apps are banned in China, where alternatives are offered by domestic competitors such as Tencent and Baidu, so for Chinese markets the impact is expected to be minimal.

"But everywhere else I think it will severely dent what has been an incredibly fast-growing business service".

It's unclear what kind of revenge the Trump Administration is seeking by going after Huawei this hard, but one thing is for sure, less competition is not a good thing.

The tech company will still have access to Android Open Source Project, which is available for free to anyone who wishes to use it. There are about 2.5 billion active Android devices worldwide, Google estimates. Of course, the company's going to stop providing technical support, access to its apps, and other services to Huawei now that the us government has all but forbidden it. But Huawei knew this was coming at some point and has been working on its own replacement for Android for a few years.

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