Huawei loses access to Android and Google, effective immediately
According to an exclusive report by Reuters, Google has suspended any business that requires the transfer of hardware, software, and technical services with Huawei, effective immediately. Excluded in the suspension are services publicly available through open source listings.
A source familiar with the issue disclosed to Reuters that Google’s actions were done as a result of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s inclusion of Huawei in its Entity List, a trade blacklist. With an executive order signed by the U.S. President Trump, Huawei is immediately restricted from buying components and parts from U.S. companies, including Android, without any approval from the U.S. government.
The suspension means that any further Android security updates will not reach any Huawei device, including the recently released P30 lineup and more. Future Huawei devices outside of China will also be banned from accessing Google services, such as the Google Play Store and the Gmail app. Users of existing Huawei devices will still be able to receive app updates provided by Google. Huawei will only have access to the version of the Android operating system via an open source license, the Android Open Source Project.
Huawei has stated that it has spent the last few years developing their own technology in case it’s restricted from using Android. In an earlier statement, Huawei has also contested the decision made by the U.S. Department of Commerce.