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.

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.

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  1. Kent Grant says

    That is one shitty deal for American Huawei users! I have a Huawei cellphone that I am using strictly as a camera and a miniature tablet of sorts. I use it for my internet activity, as a note taking device, for recording audio, running music files and a few others functions. Essentially, I use it for anything I can with the exception of making telephone calls and text messaging.

    The problem I have with the current punitive sanctions against China, and Huawei specifically, is that there is no other company selling electronic devices with equal capabilities at a similar price here in the United States. Our options for similar technology are essentially limited to just two companies and one cellphone from each one. That would be the latest version of the iPhone and the latest version of the Samsung Galaxy, both of which cost about one thousand dollars US!

    Huawei is not only putting out fantastic, vastly superior technology when compared to top domestic US brands, they are selling cellphones with that technology at half the price of the aforementioned products! In some cases the Huawei products cost less than half of the top two US brands. I am going to hold off on the purchase of my next cellphone while the two governments work out whatever issues they have, but hopefully will not have to wait long. I am ready for a new phone today, which means my current Samsung is junk!

    Thank you for the opportunity to vent my frustrations with respect to this issue. Huawei puts out incredible products and I hope they will not be dissuaded from continuing to do so.

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