Google cuts ties with Huawei after landing in US blacklist

Since Huawei landed in the United States’ ‘Entity List,’ Google has suspended businesses with the Chinese tech company. Google will stop providing Huawei with hardware and software products, except those covered by open source licenses, Reuters reports.

What does landing in the US blacklist mean for owners of current smartphones? Although the ties are cut, users will still be able to download updates from Google.

“For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices,” a Google spokesperson told Reuters.

However, future smartphones from the company will be losing access to a lot of Google services, including the Android OS. In addition, the company will lose popular services like Play Store, Gmail, and YouTube.

“Huawei will only be able to use the public version of Android and will not be able to get access to proprietary apps and services from Google,” the source said.

Now, the tech giant is limited to using the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for its future devices. This OS is free to use for everyone.

What now?

Huawei has a contingency plan prepared in case it was blocked from using Android. Some of the technology is already being used in products in China.

This blacklisting is a big blow to Huawei’s operations in the US. In China, the impact is expected to be minimal since most Google apps are banned in the country already. But this situation could spell trouble for Huawei’s European businesses.

“Having those apps is critical for smartphone makers to stay competitive in regions like Europe,” said Geoff Blaber, vice president of research at CCS Insight.

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