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Google severed Huawei's access to key Android apps and services
Published on: 2019-05-21
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043Google has reportedly stopped doing business with the Chinese tech company behind the P-series and Mate-series smartphones. Functionally, the revoked Android license means delayed Google updates and, for Huawei's future devices, no access to apps like Gmail or the Play Store.

A Huawei store in Beijing. The Chinese companys products have effectively been blocked in the United States but its business has grown rapidly in Africa Asia and EuropeA Huawei store in Beijing. The Chinese company’s products have effectively been blocked in the United States, but its business has grown rapidly in Africa, Asia and Europe

Google confirmed the report on Saturday evening. "We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications," a company spokesperson wrote in an email. Reuters first reported the news via unnamed sources on Sunday afternoon, and The Verge followed up a couple hours later with — again, anonymously sourced — confirmation.

040The move from Google comes in the midst of an ongoing trade war between the United States and China. It was likely prompted by an executive order Donald Trump signed on Wednesday that bars U.S. businesses from using telecommunications equipment made by companies that pose a national security risk.

042With the license cut off, Huawei would only have access to the open source version of Android (or AOSP, for Android Open Source Project). Think of it as a more limited version of Google's operating system. Security updates arrive later and core Google apps and services aren't available.
 

This means no access to the Google Play Store, a critical gateway to the safest and most secure form of Android's app ecosystem. It's a significant threat to Huawei's smartphone business outside of China.

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