Sat. Dec 14th, 2019

Google restricts Huawei to use Android

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According to the latest report, after the Trump administration listed Huawei as a “list of entities”, Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet, has stopped doing business with Huawei. According to Reuters, these business transactions include services that require the transfer of hardware, software, and technical services (except for publicly available services due to open source licenses). Google Play Store, Gmail, and YouTube apps are not available due to the inability to get updates for the Android operating system and Huawei’s Android smartphones. This move will have a major impact on Huawei’s smartphone business outside of China.

Polan Huawei 5G
Brücke-Osteuropa [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Therefore, Huawei can only use Open Source Source Project (AOSP) and cannot access proprietary applications and services from Google, and will lose competitiveness in markets outside China.

Although it was previously reported that Huawei confirmed the existence of an alternate operating system – this is also in response to the inability to use the operating system from Google and Microsoft. However, considering the US interference with foreign countries, Huawei’s backup operating system may face a more rigorous review.

The Trump administration listed Huawei technology on the trade blacklist on Thursday and immediately issued restrictions, making it difficult for the company to do business with US companies. It is not known how much damage the US government blacklist has on Huawei. Huawei’s global supply chain is assessing the impact. Chip experts expressed doubts about Huawei’s ability to continue operations without US help.

Google is still discussing the details of the specific services affected by the suspension. A Huawei spokesperson said on Friday that Huawei lawyers are also studying the impact of the blacklist.

Google has not responded to the incident for the time being, but if this is true, Google’s actions will definitely affect Huawei’s mobile phone business.