Google To Suspend Some Business With Huawei After US Blacklist

Google To Suspend Some Business With Huawei After US Blacklist

The American clampdown also deals a direct blow to Huawei's fast-growing mobile devices division. Now, adding this fuel from Google to fire, is making Huawei's job even tougher in the US.

Huawei lawyers are also studying the effects of the blacklist, a spokesman for the company said on Friday.

Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx and Broadcom did not immediately respond to requests for comments on the Bloomberg report.

The real change here is the banning of U.S. companies from supplying Huawei with software and hardware.

Huawei will continue to have access to the version of the Android operating system available through the open source license that is freely open to anyone who wishes to use it. Amazon is also a U.S. company, though, so the Amazon App Store presumably wouldn't be available to Huawei, either. The move was widely understood as a ban on Huawei products, and now we're starting to see the fallout.

The U.S., meanwhile, continues to apply pressure on Britain and others to shy away from using Huawei to build out its fifth generation network. With such a major blockade in tow though, together with its overwhelming reach in many aspects of the global telecommunication industry, the company still have to consider their options sooner rather than later.

The Trump administration on Friday blacklisted Huawei - which it accuses of aiding Beijing in espionage - and threatened to cut it off from the USA software and semiconductors it needs to make its products.

Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that declares foreign adversary threats to communications networks, technology and services a national emergency. In a parallel move, the Commerce Department added Huawei to its trade blacklist.

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Google has just confirmed that while it's taking steps to comply with the recent United States government actions, Huawei users will still have access to services like Google Play and security from Google Play Protect, as both will continue to work on existing devices.

"It's doing anything it can to keep that from happening and I think this is part of that strategy", Enderle said.

However, people already owning Huawei phones will be able to use and update apps already downloaded. That makes it nearly impossible for Huawei to do any business with the US. The only company that has sort of made Google-less Android work is Amazon, which sells forked Android tablets that are so cheap and disposable they come in a six-pack.

That will severely curtail the sale of Huawei smartphones overseas, though it's unclear when those apps - which are popular mainly outside of China - will become unavailable. That's because there's no viable alternative to Android's ecosystem. But it means that they won't be getting help from Google, when it comes time to update to Android Q or later. And Google will no longer support its Android apps and services for the firm.

Forking Android to create its own OS, similarly to what Amazon has done, would probably be the safest option for Huawei right now, said tech analyst Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group. Any new Huawei devices would no longer have apps such as YouTube and Maps.

Google parent Alphabet has suspended business with Huawei after the Trump administration's blacklist of the Chinese technology giant, a source close to the matter told Reuters.

The Huawei devices that are set to be affected include the following. That's because Google barely does any business in China, and its Play Store and Google Play Services aren't used there. Rather, there are numerous third-party app store available where customers get their apps.

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