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Google Suspends Huawei from Using Android, Under US Govt Pressure

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Huawei has immediately lost access to Android, a mobile operating system developed by Google. Search giant Google has suspended business with the Chinese company, and cancelled the license for Android. Moreover, Huawei has been barred for transfer of hardware, software and technical services, according to an exclusive report by Reuters.

However, the current Huawei phones will continue having access to services like Google Play and security from Google Play Protect, said a report by Android Authority.

According to Reuters, Google is forced to comply with the U.S. government’s order to place Huawei on its Entity List. It’s still unclear what effect this decision will have on the future of Huawei.

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“Huawei Technologies Co Ltd 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,” Reuters noted.

This effectively means no further Android updates for devices including the recent P30 and P30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro and Honor series, which was quite a successful launch for India.

It is to be noted that it was in last week when U.S. Commerce Department announced that Huawei is among about 68 affiliates on a so-called Entity List, a trade blacklist, following an executive order signed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Huawei is now immediately forbidden from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without U.S. government approval – which includes Android.

For Huawei Smartphone Users

Existing Huawei smartphone users will be able to update apps and push through security fixes, as well as update Google Play services. But when Google launches the next version of Android later this year, it may not be available on Huawei devices.

Future Huawei devices may no longer have apps such as YouTube and Maps.

Huawei can still use the version of the Android operating system available through an open source licence.

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Suman Chaudhary
An engineer by education and writer by profession, Suman keeps tab on startup ecosystem of India and leads the research team of IndiaWeb2 for covering funding deals, merger & acquisition and market reports.

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