Huawei has been under a microscope since the start of the year with the US President Donald Trump not being happy about Huawei’s trade agreements with US-based companies. The Trump government banned Huawei earlier this year but the company was given a 90-day extension to allow it to take action “necessary to provide service and support, including software updates or patches, to existing Huawei handsets.
Now Reuters is reporting that Google has cut Huawei’s access to its apps. A Google spokesperson told Reuters that the 90-day reprieve doesn’t apply to the new handsets so Huawei can’t use Google’s licenses on its upcoming Mate 30 lineup. Huawei will still be available to use Android as it’s an open-source system and is freely available but Huawei can bundle Google’s services including the Google Play Store.
Huawei, on the other hand, has noted that the company will continue using Android if the US government allows them to, else they will continue developing their own ecosystem. Huawei and others have succeeded in China without Google for years now but the Chinese market has many app stores competing with each other. The global scenario is different and the only company to succeed without Google is Amazon Fire series but that’s not exactly the same as Huawei.
Huawei will continue to use the Android OS and ecosystem if the U.S. government allows us to do so. Otherwise, we will continue to develop our own operating system and ecosystem.
– Joe Kelly, Huawei spokesperson
Huawei is confident that other hardware vendors will still be providing the company with the technology needed to produce and sell the Mate 30. The company has been using its own technology for the most part, with the exception of ARM who provides blueprints for the Kirin SoC. Huawei is confident that ARM will still support them even after the ban.