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

Google starts to cut Android ties with Huawei

Google starts to cut Android ties with Huawei

If the breakup is permanent, it could be a major blow to Huawei's smartphone future outside China.

"No matter what happens, the Android Community does not have any legal right to block any company from accessing its open-source license", he said.

The measure targets Huawei, a Chinese telecoms giant in Washington's sights that is listed by the Commerce Department among firms with which American companies can only engage in trade after obtaining the green light from the authorities.

Vodafone Australia said much the same thing. Though smartphones typically do not have access to Google services in China, they're an essential part of the Android experience virtually everywhere else. But operating system and security updates are hit by the ban.

The Commission was "unable to comment on specific businesses" but said consumer guarantees apply to all goods for a reasonable time, adding "a reasonable time" is dependent on all related circumstances in a particular case, and doesn't necessarily depend on the time since a purchase was made.

Huawei can keep using the Google Android software that runs its phones, according to the report.

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The Android suspension would be unlikely to have such a great impact on Huawei's devices sold in China, at least. It's also unclear how permanent the ban is. The main advantage of this is that it would ensure Huawei has a foundation of apps its devices can access. And starting with its next round of smartphones, it will also lose access to Google apps.

U.S. internet giant Google, whose Android mobile operating system powers most of the world's smartphones, has said it is beginning to cut ties with China's Huawei, which Washington considers a national security threat. And Alphabet's Google cut off the supply of hardware and some software services to the Chinese giant, another person familiar said, asking not to be identified discussing private matters.

This could be a reference to U.S. president Donald Trump's executive order apparently aimed at banning Huawei's equipment from United States networks and said it was subjecting the Chinese company to strict export controls.

But for anyone now in possession of a Huawei phone, there's no need to panic.

Moving forward, new Huawei devices won't have access to Android updates or Google technical support other than what is available through an open source license.

Huawei has been hit by a ban from Google that will see it cut off from a bunch of Android apps and updates to the operating system.

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