Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google cuts off Huawei - Loses Play Store, Gmail and Android security updates

Google cuts off Huawei - Loses Play Store, Gmail and Android security updates

As Google is now no longer doing business with Huawei, no existing phones (such as the P30 range) will get Android OS updates or security patches, while as we will see directly below, future phones won't have access to Google's official version of Android at all.

A logo sits illumintated outside the Huawei booth on day 2 of the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 26, 2019.

The immediate effect of this decision will be Huawei's loss of access to Android updates, which means that existing Huawei smartphones will not be able to receive any official Android OS updates going forward. "We now know that future devices can not be loaded with the Google Play Store, or those Google apps like Gmail or Google Maps", he said. But Google's curbs will hugely damage Huawei's global appeal.

Mere days before executing this order the U.S. Commerce Department announced that Huawei was one of the companies that presented a potential security risk to the country.

The U.S. government's war on Huawei - which has risen to become the world's second-largest smartphone OEM - has just taken a rather interesting turn.

Huawei's woes started when the United States government put the company on a blacklist, disallowing American firms to do business with it. In a statement, Google confirmed the news: "We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications", a spokesperson said, according to CNBC.

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As the White House eased tensions with Canada and Mexico , it continued to pressure allies elsewhere, including Europe and Japan. Opening a new front in the trade wars against European Union and Japan likely would have anxious investors even more.

This means no access to the Google Play Store, a critical gateway to the safest and most secure form of Android's app ecosystem.

But it did not say what would happen with phones it would sell in the future, which are unlikely to have access to Google's popular services, including gmail, YouTube and Chrome, unless a special licence is obtained.

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is ready to deal with Washington´s crackdown and will reduce its reliance on USA components, its founder told Japanese media.

"For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices", a Google spokesperson told Reuters. But, if you were thinking of picking up the latest P30 Pro or any other Huawei devices, you might want to wait until the smoke clears, or look for alternatives.

In effect, US companies are now forbidden from working with Huawei over fears that it is in cahoots with the Chinese government to spy on USA interests and its allies (both in the consumer sector and in government operations). Again, it remains unclear how this is going to affect the wide range of Android interactions Huawei depends on.

Huawei is expected to be impacted by this because it means no access to the whole Android ecosystem. Google doesn't do much business in China, so the Play Store and Google Play Services do not exist there.

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