As a consequence of the Trump Administration’s ban on Huawei, Google is reportedly moving to cease any business with Huawei. This will include any collaboration on its popular Android software which powers the bulk of Huawei’s phones, as well as Google Play certification.
According to Reuters:
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.
This is terrible news for the Chinese company’s smartphone business which was winning hearts and minds in extra-US markets. Huawei recently launched the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro as Android powerhouses and was planning to launch the Honor 20 Series in London this week.
While these products will retain access to the Google Play Store, the firm may not be allowed to distribute the next version of Android to its most popular handsets. In addition, any other handsets yet to be launched that haven’t already been Google Play certified will likely not be.
While Huawei had been working on its own operating system in case it was cut off from Google’s Android, this move will still be a blow to the firm and may effectively spell the end of its smartphone business if the two firms are unable to come to an arrangement with the administration.