Google has suspended all businesses with Huawei, world’s second-biggest smartphone maker and cancelled its Android license with immediate effect. This action by the tech giant is going to have a serious effect on Huawei devices across the globe.
By revoking Android license, the upcoming Huawei smartphones will not be having access to Android updates and apps like Gmail or the Play Store, besides Google technical support beyond services that are publicly available via open source licensing.
This suspension was due to the declaration by U.S. President Donald Trump last week, where he signed an executive order declaring a national emergency banning foreign companies from doing telecommunication business in the United States without the government’s approval.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders stated that President Trump had made it clear that this Administration will do what it takes to keep America safe and prosperous, and to protect America from foreign adversaries who are actively and increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology infrastructure and services in the United States.
The Trump administration has added Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and some 68 affiliates to its “Entity List” which comprises of a list of companies that American firms like Qualcomm, Intel, and Google cannot trade with unless they have an approval from the U.S. government.
So, besides Google, three of the world’s leading chip makers—Intel, Qualcomm, and Broadcom—are also discontinuing their trades with Huawei, effective immediately.
But the current Huawei smartphone users will not be cut off entirely from Google services.
Google states that the current Huawei smartphones will continue to have access to services like Google Play and security from Google Play Protect. But they will not be receiving any future OS updates, like the upcoming Android Q.
The future Huawei devices will have access to the Android operating system version available through the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which is available for free to anyone.
Huawei executive Richard Yu said that they have already started working on their own operating system.
The U.S. government gave Huawei a temporary license which lets the company to continue doing business with American firms for the next 90 days, from May 20 until August 19, 2019, for existing Huawei mobile phone users and rural broadband networks.
After 90 days, American firms will not be allowed to export or transfer “information and communications technology or services” to Huawei and 68 of its affiliates without permission from the U.S. government.