Google Pulls Huawei's License for Android, Apps After US Blacklisting

Kelley Robertson
May 20, 2019

But while the ban on technology sharing is in place, Huawei will be required to manually access any updates or software patches from Android Open Source Project - the code accessible to all outside programmers - and also to distribute the updates to users itself.

"Huawei has created highly competitive hardware but Google services and Android OS are still critical to consumers in global markets", tech analyst Canalys said this morning.

Where the restriction will hurt Huawei is in the customisation of the Android platform for its devices as Google will stop providing Huawei with access, technical support and collaboration involving Google's proprietary apps and services going forward, according to the source.

"Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products covering those which have been sold or are still in stock globally".

The new blacklisting will stop Huawei from buying key components from USA companies such as processors from Qualcomm and Intel, which both saw share-value drops immediately following the announcement from the Trump administration, according to the Financial Times.

A Google spokesperson told Reuters: "We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications". Also, Huawei is also working on its own operating system in a move to future proof their devices. Huawei has repeatedly denied those allegations.

Huawei faces a growing backlash from Western countries, led by the USA, over possible risks posed by using its products in next-generation 5G mobile networks.

Longer term, though, this might give smartphone vendors in general a reason to seriously consider the need for a viable alternative to Google's operating system, particularly at a time the search giant is trying to push its own Pixel brand at their expense.

Huawei doesn't do much smartphone business in the USA, so banning Huawei from selling phones to United States consumers won't change much.

Huawei's addition to the Entity List practically made Google's decision-provided Reuters was correct-inevitable. Even if Huawei did come up with a viable OS alternative, losing access to Google services and apps would nearly certainly be a nail in the coffin.

Google earlier became the first in a string of U.S. corporations to sever their dealings with Huawei, cutting off the supply of hardware and some software services to Huawei.

The move will mean than when Google launches the next version of Android later on this year, it might not be available on Huawei devices.

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