Huawei lost access to Google and Android, a result of a heated battle between US and China
Huawei has become the second largest smartphone manufacturer and seller in the world, even after it was banned from selling smartphones in the U.S., following heavy critics by the U.S. for its dubious ties with the Chinese army and secret services.
The Chinese giant’s officials have declared that the worst has already passed since European governments and operators have not paid much attention to the United States accusations and are still doing business with the company. However, the Trump administration delivered its most powerful strike against Huawei so far.
Last week, the Bureau of Industry and Security of the U.S. department of commerce has placed the Chinese company and about 70 of its affiliates on a trade blacklist called Entity List, following an executive order signed by U.S. President Trump. Huawei stated that it was “against the decision made by the U.S. Commerce Department.”
As a result, Huawei is no longer allowed to buy any hardware or software components like android from U.S. companies except with U.S. government approval.
In addition to that, Google was forced into suspending business operations with Huawei effectively immediately, according to Reuters. If this happens to be accurate, it will have a major impact on Huawei devices across the planet.
This means, first of all, no further Android security updates for Huawei devices new and old. Besides, the company will 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 like the Google Play Store and Gmail app,” Reuters noted.
It’s unclear what will now happen. Since Out of $70 billion that Huawei spent for component procurement last year, about $11 billion went to US firms. So obviously, the ban on Huawei, would also affect the US companies who conduct business with the Chinese giant. In addition to that, the Chinese government may choose to take measures against US companies in China, with Apple being a prominent target.