Google withdraws support for Huawei devices including Play Store, Gmail and Google Play Service
Huawei Technologies Co, the Chinese telecom equipment giant, received a yet another blow, as Google has decided to suspend transactions with Huawei following U.S. President Donald Trump’s blacklist order.
Reuters who was the first to report the news via unnamed sources said the move by Google would mean that Huawei’s future devices would lose access to future OS updates and technical support along with access to Play Store, Google Play Service, Gmail, YouTube, and Maps. However, Huawei can still use the version of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) through an open source license.
Google has confirmed in a statement said it was “complying with the order and reviewing the implications”. It also confirmed that “Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices.”
While a Huawei spokesman said on Friday that their attorneys are studying the impact of the U.S. Commerce Department’s actions, the company was not immediately available for further comment.
For those unaware, last week Trump had signed an executive order that effectively bars American companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms deemed to pose a national security threat. Following the order, the U.S. Commerce Department added Huawei and 70 affiliates to its so-called “Entity List” that cannot trade with American firms unless they have a license.
While the order did not specifically identify any country or company, the move was widely seen as blocking Huawei from being used in U.S. networks due to its connections with the Chinese government that could result in spying in places where the company has the hardware.
Huawei has denied its products pose a security threat and say it is independent of the Chinese government. The telecom giant had said restricting Huawei from doing business in the U.S. “will not make the US more secure or stronger; instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior yet more expensive alternatives leaving the US lagging behind in 5G deployment, and eventually harming the interests of US companies and consumers.”
Huawei also said it was “ready and willing to engage with the US government and come up with effective measures to ensure product security.”
Google has stated that it will support existing Huawei smartphones and tablets running on Android for the next 90 days. Additionally, a few reliable sources also suggest that Huawei will soon develop its own operating system.