General Business: Google revokes Huawei's Android software license

Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

Huawei may be about to feel the sting from the Trump administration's move to block USA companies from doing business with the Chinese electronics giant.

"Huawei Technologies Co Ltd will immediately 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 including the Google Play Store and Gmail app", says Reuters.

In reference to the blacklisting of Huawei, a Xilinx spokesperson said, "We are aware of the Denial Order issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce with respect to Huawei, and we are cooperating".

"Whether it's someone with a brand new Huawei P30 Pro, which was unveiled last month, or the owner of an older Huawei Mate device that's a few years old, it's now clear that their Android operating system will no longer receive important security updates".

Huawei, which is the largest supplier of telecom networking equipment, is at the center of trade tensions between Beijing and Washington. The move will also negatively affect USA companies since they rely on Huawei for a sizeable business.

A report from Reuters saying that Google has chose to halt business cooperation which needs the support of tech, software and hardware services with Huawei has swept the major media outlets and shocked the telecommunication field today. Or the Chinese manufacturer could start a new branch of the Android family based on the open source version available now.

US President Donald Trump has signed an order banning Chinese firms from using US technology without government permission. On the one hand, while Trump wants to be seen as a great dealmaker, there are still "influential forces within his administration who believe a strongly anti-China position may be an electoral asset", he said.

Additionally, if Google decides to revoke Google Play Certification (Huawei was still listed as a Play Protect partner at the time of writing), then users may be unable to get Google apps running at all.

While Huawei's Chinese market may see minimal impact from Google's suspension - users largely use Huawei's proprietary software and homegrown apps - it could have a major effect on worldwide markets.

But if you already own a Huawei device, you'll continue to be able to use and download updates for Google apps for now.

As the two largest economies in the world still struggle in the trade conflicts, it is believed that the USA might have other moves when they unilaterally perceive that their needs are not satisfied.

This means anybody can build it into a product and use it. Problems come in when dealing with the official Google licence that has been stripped from Huawei, though.

The impact is expected to be minimal in the Chinese market.

Beijing will now likely "corral all other Chinese tech giants into an industry consortium to develop all the missing component technologies", Yu said, recalling that the United States has used such a strategy during wartime to accelerate technological development.

Google's suspension is the latest blow against Huawei.