Reuters reported over the weekend that Google Android has suspended business operations with Huawei that isn’t covered under open source licensing, as an aftermath of Trump’s recent Executive order banning the Chinese company from transacting with US firms.
The move will mean that Huawei is limited to using the public version of Android called Android Open Source Project (AOSP), while it will lose access to many of Google’s core Android apps and services, including the Google Play Store, Gmail, Search and Chrome.
While Huawei has yet to confirm the development, official Google Android via its Twitter handle has cleared the air on the subject, stating that the firm is obviously complying with US regulations. Read the full response below;
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.
While the response neither confirms nor deny the restriction, it did states that existing Huawei devices will continue to get support from Google, but there is a subtle hint that Huawei is cut off from accessing its services for future devices. Huawei has yet to officially respond to Android restriction, but its CEO Ren Zhengfei acknowledged Saturday that his company’s growth “may slow, but only slightly” following the US government’s action.