Google pulls the plug on Huawei access to Android updates and apps
Alphabet Inc, the company behind Google, has cut off Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei from accessing updates to the Android operating system which powers their devices around the world.
This is a major blow to the company which has become the second largest smartphone vendor in the world behind Samsung.
As a result of Alphabet Inc’s decision, Huawei will no longer receive hardware, software and technical services from Google and will only have access to open source licensing, according to Reuters.
In short, this means Huawei will no longer receive Android updates and will also be cut off from the Google Play Store, Gmail, the Chrome browser and YouTube apps.
According to the Reuters source, Huawei will only be able to use the public version of Android and will be cut off from proprietary apps and Google services.
This all comes days after the Trump administration added Huawei to a trade blacklist which effectively banned Huawei from doing business with US companies.
Huawei had already been banned from supplying network equipment in the US and here in Australia.
But this latest blow strikes right at the heart of its handset business.
Users looking to upgrade to a new Android device may now look past the Huawei choices for fear they will have a product that can’t be updated.
Android operating system upgrades, unlike Google app updates, are handled through by the telco carriers around the world and how this latest decision will affect that is not yet known.
There are reports Huawei has been preparing for this possibility and have been developing their own technology for the past few years.
In China, Huawei will hardly be impacted because most Google mobile app are already banned.
Huawei is yet to respond to these latest developments and are likely to launch court action against this ruling.