Future Huawei phones to lose access to Google services and Android updates

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Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing. This is after the Trump administration added Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd to a trade blacklist.

This means that the tech company will immediately lose access to updates to Google’s Android operating system. Also, future versions of Huawei smart phones that run on Android will lose access to the Google Play Store, Gmail and Youtube apps. Which will most likely curtail its smartphone business outside China. However, current Huawei smartphones users will continue to use and download app updates provided by Google.

Huawei on the other hand has said it has spent the last few years preparing a contingency plan by developing its own technology in case it is blocked from using Android. Some of this technology is already being used in products sold in China. This means that should the situation not be resolved, we are likely to see their new operating system being rolled out in their new phones.

It was also reported that chipmakers such as Intel Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Xilinx Inc and Broadcom Inc have indicated that they will not supply critical software and components to Huawei until further notice.

Details of the specific services affected by the suspension were still being discussed internally at Google while Huawei attorneys are also studying the impact of the blacklist.

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