U.S Ban: Google blocks Huawei from use of Android apps and services
President Donald Trump earlier last week signed an executive order that immediately placed Huawei on the Commerce Department’s so-called Entity List, and that effectively means the Chinese company cannot have any business transaction with U.S. companies without obtaining government approval.
While the ban is mostly targeted at Huawei’s 5G ambition, the ban obviously will have a far-reaching effect on the company. Huawei’s HiSilicon chip company in its initial reaction to the ban earlier last week said it was well prepared for the worst case scenario and has since started building backup tools precisely for this kind of contingency.
As expected, US firms are expected to cut ties with the Chinese giant, and Alphabet Inc’s Google is the first to throw in the big blow if a recent report is any indication. Alphabet Inc’s Google has cut ties with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware and software products except those covered by open source licenses.
For Huawei users’ questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all US gov’t requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.
— Android (@Android) May 20, 2019
This means Huawei will immediately lose access to updates to the Android operating system, and the next version of its smartphones outside of China will also lose access to popular applications and services including the Google Play Store and Gmail app.”
However, Huawei has assured fans and customers Worldwide that it is on top of the issue, as well as has some backup tools in place But whether or, not these unknown tools which could be its own OS will immediately appeal to customers remains to be known.