Google Suspends Huawei’s Android License, Compelling It to Use Open Source Version

After the US clampdown on Chinese technology companies, Google has discontinued Huawei’s Android license, bringing a huge blow to the tormented phonemaker. It was first reported and afterwards affirmed that Google suspended business with Huawei.

A Google spokesperson stated that they are acting in accordance with the order and inspecting the conclusion. In this case, the order seems to be the US Commerce Department’s recent judgment to place Huawei on the “Organization List,” which is a list of companies that won’t be able to buy technology from US companies without government permission.

A Google spokesperson asserted that Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect would continue to work on existent Huawei devices. So while present Huawei phones around the world won’t be forthwith affected by the judgement, the future of updates for those phones as well as any new phones Huawei would produce remains a question.

Presently, Huawei is now limited to use the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), snipping the company off from vital Google apps and services that consumers outside of China expect on Android devices. This indicates Huawei would only be able to push security updates for Android once they’re made available in AOSP, anticipating the company uses its own update system. It’s not apparent yet how this will impact the entire range of Android integrations that Huawei relies on.

Huawei has been under immense pressure from the US President Trump and his government over apprehension that its equipment might be used by the Chinese government to spy on American networks.

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