Google Severs Business Ties With Huawei, Restricts Android Use

Following the recent U.S. government order to place Huawei on its Entity List, tech giant, Google has released a statement over its decision to restrict services to Huawei devices.

In a tweet posted on the Android Twitter account, the company states that all other services, except Google Play and security from Google Play Protect will cease functioning on Huawei phones (and likely Honor).

“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,” the tweet reads.

This act, according to Google, is in compliance with the American government’s decision, made through the Bureau of Industry and Security of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

In a rebuffed statement, through a spokesperson for the company, Huawei said that it was against this decision, though it is still unclear how the company’s future will be affected.

Google has thus severed business ties with the Chinese giant effective immediately, with regards to business operations that “requires the transfer of hardware and software products.”

Reuters noted that Huawei Technologies Co Ltd will lose immediate access to Android operating system updates, and this includes the next version of its smartphones outside China.

The upcoming smartphones will therefore also “lose access to popular applications and services including the Google Play Store and Gmail app,” they added, citing a source close to the matter.

What this means for Huawei users is there won’t be any further security updates from Android on both old and new devices, and this includes the latest Huawei P30/P30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro and more.

The U.S. government on Wednesday placed Huawei and 68 affiliates in over two dozen countries on the Entity List.

This move bans Huawei from buying components and parts from U.S. firms without the U.S. government’s approval, as it will review license applications under a “policy of presumption of denial”.

Despite all this, HiSilicon chip division, one of Huawei’s arms, stated that it has “long been ready” for such or any other ban, while the company itself mentioned its preparations have been ongoing for more than six years for any Android ban.

It is still unclear what will happen going forward, seeing as users were eager for the launch of the MateBook X Pro and Honor 20.

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