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Google Is Cutting Huawei’s Android Access: Here’s What It Means (Updated)

In a huge blow to the Chinese firm, Google has confirmed that it will no longer supply software and services to Huawei. It follows a move last week that saw the Trump administration add Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to a trade blacklist. The resulting restrictions make doing business with U.S. firms a huge challenge.

According to the story broken by Reuters, Google has suspended all business with Huawei “that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing”.

What does it mean?

It’s a complex issue and no one, including Google and Huawei, knows how the exact details will play out yet. Many security experts were concerned in the wake of the announcement that current Huawei users wouldn’t receive security updates. But Google was quick to reassure people that current Huawei phones will continue to have access to services including Google Play and security from Google Play Protect.

In a Twitter status, via the Android account, it said:

“For Huawei users’ questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all US gov’t requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.”

At the same time, Huawei says it will continue to ensure its Huawei and Honor devices are secure. Its statement reads: “Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry.

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