It's Getting Very Ugly Between Huawei And Google

Ruben Fields
May 21, 2019

A Huawei phone, which will no longer have access to Google apps.

While Huawei has yet to confirm the development, official Google Android via its Twitter handle has cleared the air on the subject, stating that the firm is obviously complying with USA regulations. In other words, while Huawei can still use Android itself, most proprietary services will be inaccessible - including the Google Play Store, Gmail, and presumably anything else that requires the closed-source Play Services Framework.

Separately, President Donald Trump issued an executive order this week that banned telecommunications firms from using foreign hardware from companies that pose security risks.

The Chinese company will only be able to access software patches and distribute them from Android's open source project, not proprietary information retained by Google, meaning that apps on Huawei phones could become unusable.

Further examination of this response implies that major Android updates that are regulated and examined by Google before deployment will not be sent to Huawei phones. Basically, this means that Huawei users will still be able to update their apps via Google Play Store, as well as download new apps whenever they want.

"Existing Huawei device owners will be significantly impacted", he said.

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"For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices".

Huawei is now the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, behind Samsung.

Making matters worse for Huawei, other major USA tech giants like Qualcomm, Intel, and Broadcom have also informed Huawei that they will not be providing them with software or hardware products and services until further notice. It's quite unlikely that Huawei would release hundreds of thousands of apps compatible with Hongmeng.

It may be odd to think that Huawei could continue to manufacture Android smartphones after losing their official Android licence, but the operating system's code is actually open source.

Quantifying the specific harm that the policy will inflict on United States firms that supply products to China, and related harm to the economy more broadly, is complicated by the fact that Congress did not define EFTs. It is a developing story and we will update it regularly. The latter would probably not affect Huawei so much as they build their own mobile processors and modems. The amassed chips would help Huawei operate for at least 3 more months. Shares of USA semiconductor firms, which rely heavily on sales to Chinese firms including Huawei, continued to lead losses on Wall Street Monday.

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