May 20, 2019 (China Knowledge) - In wake of the executive order by Trump administration, Google was forced to suspend business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software, and technical services, except for open sources licenses.
Current Huawei smartphone users with Google apps will continue to use and download app updates provided by Google. However, future versions of Huawei smartphones that run on Google-developed operating system Android will lose popular services including Google Play Store, Gmail, and YouTube Apps. Another hit on Huawei will be on their smartphone business outside China as Huawei will immediately lose access to updates to Google’s Android operating system.
Last Thursday, the U.S. Commerce Department added Huawei to a trade blacklist, cutting off their access to U.S. technology. On Friday, the department said to have plans to cut back restrictions on Huawei to ‘prevent the interruption of existing network operations and equipment.’
The impact on Huawei business remains a question. Huawei will continue to gain access to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) which is available for public access. Google, on the other hand, will not provide Huawei with access, technical support, and collaboration involving its proprietary apps and services going forward.
The ban will have little impact on Huawei Chinese business. The major hit will rather be Huawei’s second-biggest market – European business. Huawei holds licenses to Google apps services from Google in Europe.
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